Peter Sklar, nationally known talent scout and producer with three decades of experience visited the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Southwest Roanoke County. Mr. Sklar has developed talent such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon, as well as many actors currently performing in Broadway productions.
Mr. Sklar sought out Kevin Jones’ studio because of its thorough and unique approach to developing the total performer in acting, dance, and voice to such a high degree of professionalism. During his visit, Mr. Sklar commented that the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio is one of the best and most unique performance studios that he’s seen in all his travels around the United States. He was so impressed with the quality of students and the program that he offered Kevin Jones the opportunity to teach at his New York workshop this year.
After a seminar on the business of acting in which 16 of Kevin’s current and former students attended and interviewed with Mr. Sklar, he issued an invitation to nine students to attend his workshops this coming summer in either New York or London. The students would study with Broadway performers in New York workshop or with actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, should they choose the London workshop. He emphasized that he would normally only invite approximately one-third of the students at a seminar, but he was so impressed with the caliber of the Kevin Jones students, he was issuing invitations to two-thirds (as well as to Mr. Jones to teach). He also offered four students who will be over 18 years old by this summer the opportunity to chaperone at his New York workshop, which would allow them to attend most of the sessions at a vastly discounted rate.
Students who attended the workshop included: Erica Bowman -PHHS, Elizabeth Brancati -NSHS, Caitlin Carter -HVMS, Elijah Cortez -Homeschooled in Salem, Juliana Crouse -CSHS, Adalynn Eller -Glenvar HS, Alex Elkins -Blacksburg HS, Mark Heerens -James Madison MS, Miranda Jones -Homeschooled in SW County, Sam Leigh -HVHS, Ethan Nichols -HVHS, Danielle Stoots -HVHS, Ana Uotinen -Homeschooled Botetourt, Emily Warren -HVHS, Hannah Ruth Wellons -CSHS and Rebekah Wellons -CSHS.
Submitted by Jen Leigh for KJPAS and Opening Doors Foundation