Education team

PJ Escobio
Shakespeare Instructor
PJ is currently the Artistic Director of Shakespeare Frankfurt, for whom he has directed Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ,Twelfth Nightand An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen .  From 2015-18 he was the Director in Residence at The LOFT, where he directed Shakespeare in the Garden:Hortus InclususThe Tempest, Groundedby George Brandt and was the co-creator of Where.  For 10 years he was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare Anyone? founded in New York City in 2005, where he directed, produced and/or performed roles from all but 5 of Shakespeare’s plays.  He was the Associate Artistic Director of WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Laboratory.  He also cast and directed BFA playwriting thesis projects for NYU’s Tisch school of the arts.   He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-KC.
Jim Phetterplace
Actor, Director
Jim Phetterplace Jr. is an American theatre professional living near Aschaffenburg. He studied acting and directing for the stage at Illinois Wesleyan University, after which he spent eight years performing, directing and stage managing in the Chicago metropolitan area. After a fifteen-year hiatus from the stage, during which he learned German, studied theoretical linguistics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and applied linguistics at the University of Leicester, and taught English and presentation techniques to international companies at their locations in Europe and around the world, he returned to his original love: the stage. In 2016, Jim was on stage in The LOFT’s production of The Tempest and directed Our Country’s Good for the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre e.V. In 2016 Jim became part of the the English Theatre Frankfurt’s educational programme by coaching Words in Action and running theatre workshops. He is acting Education Manager during Ms Dunbar’s maternity leave.
Tracey Mitchem
Performer, Director and Theatre Pedagogue
Tracey Mitchem was born in Wiesbaden to an American military family. She studied music and theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California. Her stage appearances in the USA include included leading roles in Mame, Oklahoma, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hello Dolly, Kismet, and Cinderella and Pippin amongst others. Tracey also appeared in the television series Fame (produced in Hollywood, California) .In New York City Tracey landed a leading role in the new musical The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway. During this time Tracey studied dance with Maurice Hines of the world famous dance team The Hines Brothers. Tracey is also very experienced in vocal coaching as so she studied classical voice under Madam Luba Tcheresky. Thereafter Tracey began performing with several opera companies throughout New York City and California. Tracey’s 2008 move to Frankfurt gave her the opportunity to expand her private voice and performance studio, where she provides acting and singing classes to students of all ages. Tracey currently works as a theatre pedagogue for the English Theatre, where she runs workshops for school groups and creates and directs theatre productions for the childrens´charity, Arche.
Conor Doyle
Actor, Improvisor and Theatre Pedagogue
Conor Doyle is an Irish performer and theatre practitioner. He recieved his training in Dublin at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Thereafter he continued his studies in Toronto, Canada where he studied Comedy Writing and Performance. Conor is involved with the English Improvisational comedy scene in Frankfurt, as well as performing with the following groups such as The Loft, FEST and TLS. Conor became involved with the English Theatre as an actor, performing in the play for young audiences, The Canterville Ghost. Since then Conor has become part of the Education Team, running workshops for teachers and students.
Sophia Anna
Actor, Dance Captain
Sophia-Anna Isabel Anspach is an actress based in Frankfurt. After an injury forced her to discontinue dancing she decided to study acting and graduated from the Wiesbaden Theatre Drama School in 2013. After graduating, she moved to the UK to be surrounded by native English Speakers and lived in London and Brighton where she worked as a translator. Sophia has performed in Frankfurt in Goethes Faust 2 at the Schauspiel Frankfurt and Constellations at the Theater Landungsbrucke. She was hired as an actress to perform in the Plays for Young Audience Programme at the English Theatre and has since performed to over 15 000 school goers in The Witches, Cinderella and The Canterville Ghost. Sophia´s expertise lies in running workshops for older students, particularly dealing with classic literature, and she is the resident dance captain for the Plays For Young Audiences.