Robert Petkoffis an award-winning American stage actor, singer and narrator known for his work on Broadway, the West End, regional theatre, and work in film and television. He has narrated over 150 AudioBooks.
In 2016-2017 Robert played the role of Bruce Bechdel in the first National Tour of the Tony award winning musical FUN HOME playing over 400 performances in 32 cities.
Also in 2016, Robert played the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts which was re-orchestrated by the Gypsy Punk band DeVotchka.
In 2014 Robert appeared as Hubert Humphrey in ALL THE WAY at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York, with Bryan Cranston, who starred as LBJ, in the script written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.
He also starred as Teyve in FIDDLER ON A ROOF at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in December 2014.
Robert starred as King Arthur in the TUTS production of CAMELOT, which ran January -February in 2013.
Robert performed in ANYTHING GOES on Broadway as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a love interest for brassy Reno Sweeney (played by Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, followed by Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block), in the Roundabout Theatre production of ANYTHING GOES at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2012.
Robert performed as Buddy in FOLLIES with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin, which closed on November 13, 2011.
He starred on Broadway in the musical revival of RAGTIME, as Tateh, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, which opened at the Neil Simon Theater in November 2009 and closed January 10, 2010.
He joined the national tour of SPAMALOT, directed by Mike Nichols, as Sir Robin, and then played the role on Broadway at the Shubert Theater.
He was cast as Perchik in the 2004 Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF , directed by David LeVeaux, starring Alfred Molina and Harvey Fierstein. His first Broadway appearance was in EPIC PROPORTIONS starring Kirsten Chenoweth, at the Helen Hayes Theater, directed by Jerry Zaks.
His work off-Broadway includes The New York Premiere of AVOW by Bill Davis, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and MORE STATELY MANSIONS directed by Ivo Van Hove; the musical THE BLUE FLOWER at The Prospect Theatre Company and in 2009 he appeared in HAPPINESS at Lincoln Center, directed by Susan Stroman. Sir Peter Hall cast him in the starring role of Algernon in the national tour of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with Lynn Redgrave, which was produced with the Theatre Royal Bath .
Robert was also cast in Sir Peter Hall’s production of THE ROYAL FAMILY at the Theater Royal Haymarket in London’s West End where he appeared with Dame Judi Dench, Toby Stevens, and Emily Blunt.
In 2000, he was cast as one of four principal American actors in the world premiere of Sir Peter Hall’s production of TANTALUS by by John Barton. A co-production of The Denver Center Theater Company and The Royal Shakespeare Company, it opened in Denver and toured England, finishing at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theater.
He has worked in regional theaters including the Mark Taper Forum, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., the Hartford Stage, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Cincinnati Playhouse. He has appeared in the title roles of THE COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, as Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, with Calista Flockhart as Juliet, HAMLET, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS AND READINGS
Robert has performed with several musical theater workshops, including a reading of new musical version of ENCHANTED APRIL in the role of Mr. Briggs.
He also appeared as Guy Fawkes in the New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theater production of BONFIRE NIGHT, directed by Alex Timbers.
In April 2011 he appeared in the workshop of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, a musical with Tony Award winner Chita Rivera at the Sundance Institute’s 2011 Theatre Lab in Alberta, Canada.
Petkoff was involved in a reading of a new musical RISE, cast as Pat Robertson and starring Kristin Chenoweth. The musical set in the 1970s imagines the afterlife of Tammy Faye Bakker, who founded “The PTL Club” with her husband, who later was sent to jail.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2002 After Dark Award –
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2002 Robby Award Best Actor, Drama –
COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, Old Globe Theatre
2005 Jeff Nomination –
ROMEO AND JULIET, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2010 15th Annual AUDIES® Nomination – Solo Narration — Male, BEAT THE REAPER, by Josh Bazell, Hachette Audio
2010 October, Winner, Audiofile Earphone Award for Narration of SO COLD THE RIVER
2011 April, Finalist, Nominated by The Audio Publishers Association for the 16th Annual AUDIES® Nomination for two categories:
2011 October, AUDIES® Judge’s Award: Paranormal: Narration of SO COLD THE RIVER, by Michael Koryta, narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio);
2011 October, AUDIES® Multi-voiced Performance: Narration of ROOM, by Emma Donoghue, narrated by Michael Friedman, Ellen Archer Robert Petkoff and Suzanne Toren (Hachette Audio);
2011 June, Winner, Earphone Award for Narration of THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE, by Benjamen Hale, Audiofile Earphone Award
2015 June, Winner AUDIES® Judge’s Award: Thriller/ Suspense: Narration of THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, by Michael Koryta