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"I want to tell you guys that I'm the luckiest person in the whole Tenchi cast because I get to play Ryoko. I love her. I love the fact that she's just a bad girl, she's a brat. But she means well, she's just in love!"

Quote from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki episode 13 laserdisc, Interviews with Voice Talent.

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The two images above were sent to the RFFC by Petrea Burchard herself!

Ryoko Forever Fan Club
Who is Petrea Burchard?

Last update: November, 2002.
Originally compiled by Scribbler (July 13, 1998).
Updated by Jeff Stetekluh.

The increasing presence of the Internet is making it easier to find information about Petrea Burchard. I now have some information direct from her through email messages. A number of changes have been made to this page.

The RFFC thanks Petrea Burchard for supplying information and pictures for this page.

Originally from Chicago, Petrea Burchard now lives in Los Angeles. She has long been a theater, screen and voice actress. She is also a writer.

The Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database now has agent information, a biography and publicity photographs of Petrea Burchard. Here is some of the information given there.

Petrea Burchard was born on March 23, 1955 in Lawrence, Kansas. On November 3, 2001 she was married to John Sandel, President/CEO of 727 Productions, Inc.

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Petrea Burchard's Bio

(direct from her via email)

Petrea Burchard has been acting all her life. Her professional career began in Chicago at the famous Second City improv comedy nightclub, where she was a member of the National Touring Company. While in Chicago Petrea also appeared at the Steppenwolf Theatre (1985 Tony award winner for Best Regional Theater), and worked regularly at the Victory Gardens Theater (2001 Tony for Best Regional Theater). At Victory Gardens, she originated leading roles in "The God of Isaac," "Mr. 80%," and "The Escape Artist," all by playwright James Sherman, and in "Gardinias 'n Blum" by Nicholas Patricca.

In Los Angeles Petrea has continued to work at theaters such as the Hudson, Wooden O and Tiffany. She has also been a member of two Los Angeles area theater companies: the Alliance Repertory Company, where she also served as dramaturge, and the Knightsbridge Theater Company.

Ms. Burchard studied improvisation with the great Paul Sills and the equally great Del Close. Acting teachers have included Dennis Zacek of Victory Gardens, L.A.'s Fran Montano, and Terry Kinney of Steppenwolf. Petrea has also studied Shakespeare with Barbara Gaines of Chicago Shakespeare Repertory as well as with John Barton and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the British/American Drama Academy at Oxford, England.

Shakespeare credits include Bianca in "The Taming of the Shrew," Escalus the judge in "Measure for Measure," Tamora in "Titus Andronicus," and Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra." She has even stepped in as a last-minute replacement in the role of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's eponymous play at North Hollywood's Quantum Theatre.

Television appearances include "The Guardian," "Providence," "Melrose Place," "L.A. Law" and Disney's "'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,' the TV Show." Film credits include "Death Becomes Her" for Universal Studios and "A Man's Woman" for the BBC. Independent films include "Twenty-Nine" and "Carly's Sunflowers," and she recently starred in and co-produced the independent film "Housebound," written and directed by her husband, filmmaker John Sandel.

Petrea's bread and butter is voice-over; she's done countless commercials as well as several radio plays, including "'Repent, Harlequin,' Said the Ticktockman," opposite Robin Williams on National Public Radio. Petrea is well known as the English voice of Ryoko, the teenaged space pirate, in the Japanese anime cartoon, "Tenchi Muyo" on the Cartoon Network. In the past she worked as a radio traffic reporter, and is currently the voice of Stater Brothers Markets in southern California.

As a writer, Ms. Burchard has published several monologues for actors on the website www.themonologueshop.com, and an article on www.absolutewrite.com. Current writing projects include her first novel.

Petrea Burchard is a member of Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild.

KCLU Radio and Metro Traffic in Los Angeles

Petrea Burchard worked for Metro Traffic in Los Angeles doing traffic reports on KCLU and several other radio stations. Here is an mp3 file of one of her traffic reports. Imagine listening to traffic reports by Ryoko!

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1999 Audie Award

Petrea Burchard helped to win a 1999 Audie Award !

The Audie Awards honor excellence in audio publishing in 25 categories. Along with some others she read Entrepreneur November 1998 (DriveTimes Inc.) winning the business information category. This places her in the company of such greats as George Guidall who won the award for the unabridged fiction category.

Other Work


Some interviews with Petrea Burchard have appeared on the Internet.

Fan mail

For some time the only way for fans to contact Petrea Burchard was via Randy Carpio or Pioneer as listed below. Now it is possible to send email directly to her at lilybiz@yahoo.com. As of November, 2002 Petrea Burchard has never received any fan mail that was sent to Randy Carpio or Pioneer. Has anyone sent anything to her via them?

Fan mail for Petrea Burchard, or other cast members, should be sent to Randy Carpio at panime_webmaster@yahoo.com.

Snail mail address:

Pioneer Animation
Attn: Randy Carpio
2265 220th St
Long Beach, CA 90810

Thanks to Happosai for digging out these addresses.

Celeste Burch

"Celeste Burch" was Petrea's stage name for the first 8 OAV episodes. Those episodes were made outside the actors' union system and some of the voice actors involved used pseudonyms.

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