I’m Thomasina Petrus, and I have been so fortunate to portray lead characters on Penumbra, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Illusion, Guthrie, Capri and Old Arizona Theatre stages. A true “hometown girl”, I have cultivated my talents as an actor and jazz vocalist through mentorships and friendships of some of the twin cities most beloved artists. I have performed with/for great artists like James “Cornbread” Harris, Sr., Javetta Steele, Stokley, Regina Williams, Prince, and of course T. Mycheal Rambo, Lou Bellamy, Lewis Whitlock, and now Marion McClinton.
Inspired to continue creating exceptional music and theatre, I established my own production company, Thomasina Productions to produce “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” by Lanie Robertson, portraying Billie Holiday’s music and historical legacy. I went on to write my own show “Lady Days” and “Etta…Dreams o Remember,” a musical/biographical revue of the life of Etta James.
My tribute CD “If Only…Billie Unsung” continues to sell locally and worldwide. My Christmas CD “The Perfect Gift…Songs” was also a local best seller in the Twin Cities gift and coffee shops and now I have sweetened my repertoire with my latest trademarked production THOMASINA’S CASHEW BRITTLE and THOMASINA’S APPLE BRITTLE. All are available in the lobby and more information can be found on my websites. I continue to perform live throughout the Twin Cities in local theatres and jazz venues and I’m looking forward to a new Holiday concert production of “Thomasina’s Hot Chocolate”. Please visit Thomasinaproductions.com or Thomasinascashewbrittle.com.
41ST SEASON: CROSSING LINES
Color, culture, sexuality, class. What happens when we dare to cross society’s difficult divides? This season, Penumbra presents stories of people fighting to be seen, accepted, respected, and loved — not as the world dictates, but as they are. Join us to celebrate the struggles and strength of those who don’t live inside the lines.
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6:00pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
Join us for film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talks are free, but reservations are required. Each event begins at 7:00pm.
“Summer Institute gave me a purpose as a woman and person of color to share my personal experience without oppression and judgement.”
—Rahila Coats, Summer Institute Alumna