Film-making pair team up to tell British woman’s story [Ruth Ellis]


Ruth Ellis
Ruth Ellis

source: Rome Sentinel
published: 9 November 2019

She was the last woman hanged in Great Britain after being convicted of shooting her lover to death. And a director/producer in Los Angeles, originally from Rome, and a cameraman/videographer from Barneveld, are teaming up to tell her story.

Peter-Henry Schroeder, owner and operator of PHS Productions, owes his acting roots to his mother Marie Angotti-Schroeder, who while living in Syracuse, enrolled her sons and daughter in the Syracuse Children’s Theatre, which continues today.

While his two brothers pursued other avenues, Peter-Henry and sister Maria Curley, continued with their passions for the performing arts. Curley is the co-founder of Present Company Productions, an Oneida-based theater company that produces, among its projects, dinner theater at Theodore’s Restaurant in Canastota.

“Mom put us on stage,” Schroeder said. “I studied at the Syracuse Children’s Theatre, which was a very good program, but I was the only one who stuck it (acting) out and made a career out of it.”

Schroeder would go on to study privately at Carnegie Hall and eventually make his way to California, where he would do work in television and films. To his credit, he worked on episodes of television series that include Cheers and Enterprise (Star Trek), and he also played a role in Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013, as well as several other films from the 1970s to present.

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