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.
“I’M HUGELY EXCITED TO BUILD ON PENUMBRA’S LONG HISTORY OF CENTERING, CELEBRATING, AND HOLDING SPACE FOR NEW BLACK STORIES.”
—Chris Berry, Arts Director