Sklar talks drama opportunities


Savannah Donaldson

S. Donaldson

As part of an ongoing effort to help members of the Kings Drama Club discover opportunities beyond Kings, another guest recently visited the school to discuss performance careers.

Peter Sklar is an expert on young performers. Scott Hayward, Kings Drama Club director, invited Sklar to Kings on Monday.

As a well- known speaker, educator, author, talent scout, and producer, Sklar has three decades of experience, working with celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Hunter Parrish, Reese Witherspoon, and hundreds of others.

Sklar has a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University with a concentration in adolescent development and counseling. He also studied concert piano and was a career musician. He has had five publications in The New York Times, along with articles posted in The New York Daily News, New York Post, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, and Kansas City Star. He even has been featured on E! True Hollywood Story, Bravo, Good Morning America, and multiple news channels.

Sklar conducts week-long art workshops and camps, catering to young adults and teenagers seeking careers in the arts, including Broadway, television, dance, and film. He is also the founder of “Peter Sklar vs. Scams,” a website geared towards guiding performers and their families to real jobs that can benefit their careers.

His book, “Winning Monologues from the Beginnings Workshop,” is used as a resource for multiple talent agencies and casting directors along with it being a standard text in many high schools and colleges.

At Kings, Sklar talked to the students about getting into the industry and the main things to know about joining the fine arts. When asked about how much training cost, he commented,

“Not much. Training is like air. It’s absolutely essential and everyone needs it,” Sklar said.

Afterwards Sklar asked the parents of the students to leave the room so he could interview each student one by one to see if he’d like to see them again for a week long professional acting summer camp in New York.

One student he selected was junior Ella Jolicoeur. She said she is eager for the opportunity.

“I’m super excited,” she said. “Raising the money will take awhile but it’ll be worth it.”

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