He is a nationally-known speaker, educator, author, talent scout and producer with three decades of experience discovering and working behind-the-scenes with young performers such as Sarah Jessica Parker, (HBO’s Sex & The City), Hunter Parrish (Showtime’s Weeds, “Jesus,” Broadway’s Godspell, Broadway’s Spring Awakening), Zachery Ty Bryan, (Home Improvement), Reese Witherspoon, (Legally Blonde, Walk the Line), Ashley Bashioum, (The Young and the Restless), Lori Loughlin, (Full House), Mischa Barton, (Fox TV’s O.C.), Alex Winter, (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Lost Boys), Rick Schroder, (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue), Ricki Lake, and hundreds of others.
His work to date has been the subject of five feature-length articles in The New York Times, along with numerous feature articles in The New York Daily News, New York Post, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal / Constitution, Kansas City Star, as well as on numerous ABC, NBC and CBS local and nation-wide news and entertainment programs including E! True Hollywood Story, Bravo Channel, Donahue, Good Morning America, etc.
In 1984, Mr. Sklar founded the famed Beginnings Workshop in upstate New York. Currently, workshops take place every year in New York, Hollywood, and London. His publication, Winning Monologues from the Beginnings Workshop, (Samuel French/Baker’s Plays), is a standard text in many high school and college theater departments, as well as a resource for numerous talent agencies and casting directors.
Brother of world-renowned flutist Pamela Sklar, Mr. Sklar studied concert piano at New York’s Juilliard School of Music and was a career musician. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University, with a concentration in adolescent development and counseling. His protégés and/or discoveries include thousands of successful young performers.