Petrea Burchard

About me

Petrea Burchard began her acting career on the Chicago stage, later moving to Los Angeles to work in television, film and voice-over. She’s known as the original English voice of Ryoko, the sexy space pirate in the anime classic, Tenchi Muyo!.

Auditions, jobs and the people she met in Hollywood (famous and infamous) became fodder for her popular Act As If humor column at She also drew on her acting experience to write her first novel. During a summer Shakespeare course at Oxford, she fell in love with the English countryside and the idea for Camelot & Vine began to take shape.

Other published works include articles, short fiction and essays. Petrea lives with her husband in southern California.

From my website

Mark Piscitelli Men's Fashions

I got an email from Salvatore (Tore) Piscitelli, inviting me to come and take pictures at Mark Piscitelli Men's Fashions. I knew the building, a 1920's style, two-story corner store on the shady side of Green Street in the Playhouse District. I've always wondered about that building. I told Tore,…

Pasadena Museum of History Archives

The first page of a huge book of maps called the Sanborn Maps.I'm researching to write a book, and one of the characters is an archivist. So I went over to the archives at the Pasadena Museum of History. I thought it would be a fun way to learn how…

Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights is a historic district in Northwest Pasadena. Northwest Pasadena is a big area with a bad reputation. And boy, is that reputation well deserved. Drugs, gangs, crime... I mean, look at these statistics! Geez. Gilmore House, 1891Could you live in this dump? I couldn't.Gerlach House, 1913"Adena House," 1887The median income in Northwest…

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