Newark Advocate

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November 11, 2005
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Calling all actors

By Melissa Knific
Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- A nationally known acting coach and director will address a crowd of local hopeful performers this weekend.

Peter Sklar -- who has coached, directed or discovered Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Rick Schroder -- will lecture about professional success Saturday at Reinita's Baton and Dance Studio in Newark.

Self-esteem is vital to the casting process, Sklar said.

"The most important thing you can do in the audition is reveal yourself," he added.

Sklar said people who are genuine will be most successful, and those he's worked with carried that attribute.

"It was one of those things that attracted me to them long before they were famous," Sklar said.

He has also worked with Mischa Barton of "The O.C.," Zachery Ty Bryan of "Home Improvement" and talk show host Ricki Lake.

Saturday's lecture is free, but participants must register.

The New York resident travels around the United States and Europe, often discovering new talent. He mostly speaks with high school and college students.

Sklar's book, "Winning Monologues from the Beginnings Workshop," is a standard text in many high school and college theater departments. He studied concert piano at New York's Julliard School of Music and holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University.

Melissa Knific can be reached at (740) 328-8547 or

When you go

What: "So You Want to be a Performer ... the Realities of Success" by nationally known acting coach and director Peter Sklar

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Reinita's Baton and Dance Studio, 692 W. Church St., Newark

FYI: Call (740) 344-9618 for reservations; no one under age 6 will be admitted, and everyone under age 18 must attend with their own parent.