Eric Alter, Executive Producer is the founder of Apricot Sky Productions. He founded the company in 1999. He serves as the resident playwright of the company and the Executive Producer. He has written 100 plays. Eric's plays have been produced and performed throughout the country and Canada. Other theaters include: The American Theatre of Actors, The Riant Theater, The Brooklyn Lyceum, The Emerging Artists Theater, Lamia Ink, The Theater Studio, Inc, The Midtown International Festvial, The Boca Raton Theater Guild, The Abydos Theater (San Francisco), Playwrights Theater of NJ, Jersey Voices (Chatham, NJ) and NJ Dramatists and Waterfront Ensemble.
He has sold 12 plays to Plays! The Drama Magazine for Young People based out of Boston, Mass. He has also written 2 books of poetry. Two of his poems have been published. His play The Bully Of Barksdale Street is published nationally in the textbook: Glencoe Reading With a Purpose.
Eric is mostly a self-taught playwright, however he took classes at Playwrights Theatre in Madison and The New School in NYC. He holds a bachelors degree in Communication from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
He holds two Master's Degrees. One in Social Work from Fordham University in new York City. The other in Education from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ.
His full length play: The War at Dawn was recently optioned to be turned into a film by Paramour Productions, LLC in Los Angeles, California. He is currently represented by Malla Entertainment in Los Angeles, California. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Rachel Skrod started acting with Apricot Sky Productions in 2004, and now serves as the company's Director of Operations. Rachel's passion acting started at the age of 7. She attended Summer Drama Camp and performed in various community theater productions in her hometown of Staten Island, NY. While attending Palm Beach College in Florida, Rachel majored in acting and worked for three theaters in set design, construction and lighting.
Her performances include: Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Wait Until Dark (Susie) and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero). Rachel's NJ credits include: Apricot Sky Production's As Fate Would Have it (Priscilla and Janice). She was last seen in NYC at The American Theatre of Actors in The Apricot Sky Production of The War at Dawn (Lila, Kelly, Koki). She is currently studying technique and scene study at the HB Studio in NYC.
Rachel Skrod, Director of Operations
Sharon Burde, Artistic Director
Sharon Burde became involved in the theatre at an early age, participating in her hometown's summer program, Elliot Taubenslag's East Brunswick Children's Summer Theatre. Later on in the program she became a children's counselor and assistant director, and went on to continue her theatre pursuit at Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison. During that time, she was nominated twice by the Papermill PlayhouseRising Star Awards for her performances of "Rosie" in "Bye, Bye, Birdie", and "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain". Sharon was then accepted to Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama and entered their conservatory program for Acting and Music Theatre. She received her BFA in 2002. Throughout her experience at CMU and following it, she worked many summers at the St. Louis MUNY Theatre in Forest Park, joining the Actors' Equity Association when she was 19 years old and working with many inspiring Broadway stars, including Lee Roy Reams (42nd St), Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Telly Leung (Rent), and Thommie Walsh (A Chorus Line). Some of her roles there included "Tess" in "Crazy for You" and "Babette" in "Beauty and the Beast". Her credits in NYC include the original workshop of "Save the Last Dance" the musical, the NYC workshop of North Shore Music Theatre's "The History of Tom Jones" the musical, and the world premiere of "Trophy Wife" at LaMaMa E.T.C., where she created the title role and was featured in the New York Times. Sharon has since produced several small cabaret shows at "Don't Tell Mama", and also become involved with the Women's Expressive Theatre Risktakers program as a mentor to teenage girls. She more recently worked as a casting assistant for Stuart Howard Associates on the new Broadway "West Side Story" and several other regional productions. Sharon is extremely excited about Apricot Sky Productions and is proud to be a member of this rapidly growing company.
Bob Lowy, Director of Play Development
Bob has been active in live theatre for nearly 50 years having degrees in Acting and Directing and Theatre Education. He was a school teacher for 40 years before retiring in 2009. He has appeared Off-Off Broadway and local theatre productions. Bob has Directed professionally for community theatre groups and specialized in large scale musicals. Most recently, he has been associated with “Murder to Go” the creator of the Interactive Musical Murder Mystery. He has appeared in and Directed over 20 shows for them and has a lead role in their interactive feature film “Murder at Café Noir.” He appeared in a promotional film for the Jespy House this past summer.
When not involved in Acting and Directing, he enjoys being with two granddaughters, Justina and Jordyn. He and his wife, Sandy live in a log cabin on a lake in Morris County. Bob is thrilled to be a part of Apricot Sky Productions, working with the talented members of this company.