Maura became a member of Apricot Sky after appearing in their last two productions:“Flush” and “Language of Love”. She is looking forward to becoming even more heavily involved in future Apricot Sky productions. Maura holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and currently works as a project manager for a global public accounting firm.
Kimberly Jackson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in dance and a minor in Musical Theater at Montclair State University as an NJ STARS scholar. She began her training at the Ballet Barre School of Dance in Andover, NJ. She studied ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance, and was a member of the studio’s competition ensemble for several years. Throughout high school, she participated in the musicals and continued perfecting her craft in dance and choreography. As a performer, Kimberly has been in numerous works at County College of Morris, MSU, American College Dance Festival, HATCH Presenting Series, the 92nd Street Y, and DUMBO Dance Festival. She was awarded the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council honor for dance, and was recognized by the County College of Morris for outstanding dance performance. She recently became a company member of the Zaman Dance Theatre Collective.
Kimberly has also been involved in theatre productions regionally and Off Broadway. Some of her favorite shows include A Chorus Line, Pippi Longstocking, and Spring Awakening. She was last seen as "Adella," a Princess, and a Gull in The Little Mermaid at the Growing Stage.
Kimberly has also choreographed pieces for CCM and MSU, as well as musicals for high schools, colleges, and community theatre, including Hairspray, The Producers, and Suessical. In 2015, her original piece, "Rodin in Movement," was selected for the 21st annual Jersey Voices Festival in Chatham, where it received overwhelmingly positive reviews. In 2016, Kimberly directed and choreographed an original one act "Decades" for Apricot Sky Productions. In 2014, Kimberly began work at FAITH Center for the Arts in Randolph, NJ where she is currently building their dance program. She is also on faculty at The Ballet Barre teaching jazz, tap, and musical theatre to students of all ages. As a choreographer and teacher, Kimberly strives to create a tableau of movement onstage while encouraging anyone and everyone to work, believe, and achieve in an energetic and positive atmosphere.
Kristin Barber-Furlong is thrilled to be a member of Apricot Sky Productions! She has worked at many area theaters including Westfield Community Players, Chatham Playhouse, Circle Playhouse, Villagers, Playhouse 22, Nutley Little Theater, Summit Playhouse, and Old Library Theater. Some of Kristin’s credits include Proof, The Children’s Hour, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias, Extremities, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jersey Voices, The House of Blue Leaves, Rope, Light Up The Sky, and The Watseka Wonder. Kristin studied at MontclairStateUniversity, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Weist-Barron School of Film and Television. She is a former talent agent and coaches children and teens in the areas of film, TV, and theater. By day, Kristin is a high school teacher.
Christine is very excited to be a part of Apricot Sky! A classically trained dancer and choreographer, Chris caught the acting bug in college. Theatre credits include numerous musicals and plays in the New Jersey area and original cast member Tony -n-Tina's Wedding National Tour. Chris currently teaches Language Arts in the Bloomfield School District and practices and teaches yoga throughout the NY/NJ area. All of my efforts are dedicated to Calista Jenny and Mikaela Jane...it is because of you that my journey is filled with love and light. Namaste, Apricot Sky!
Vito is excited to be a charter member of Apricot Sky Productions. Recent roles include Billy Durkin in Mrs Jaye (Apricot Sky Productions), Milt in Tennyson, Anyone? (Studio Players), Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge (Studio Players). Favorite roles include Lenny Ganz in Rumors (Pax Amicus), Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace (Somerset Valley Playhouse), Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (Trilogy Repertory), Col Nathan Jessup (Bethlehem Theatre) and Antonio in Twelfth Night (Trilogy Repertory). Film credits include George Schaffer in AJ Epyx Productions independent feature film, 'Dishonorable Vendetta'.
Marc has appeared in the Apricot Sky Productions of “Repressions,” part of the “Language of Love” one-act play festival in Montclair and in “Curing Ron” at the American Theatre of Actors in New York; has also appeared on stage in NYC in "Design Your Kitchen” at the Flea Theater and in numerous one-act and short play festivals.Can be seen in national television commercials and in the feature film, “Screaming Dead,” available on video.
Alexa is excited to be a member of Apricot Sky Theatre Company. Alexa has been seen in Odd Jobs as Karen, at The Shotgun Theatre Festival, and as "Clarita" , in Menu Driven, written by Kyle Spearman and directed by Jason Surratt. Alexa's other theatrical credits in New York/NJ are 10 Minutes Early, Nuts and Bolts, and Eating Out. She has also had lead roles in independent films such as, Reverse, The Project, Return to Innocence Lost, and Beautiful. Her television credits include principal roles in It's All Geek To Me, The View, and Lucille Roberts. Alexa has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters in Social Work.
Gus Ibranyi is proud to be a member of Apricot Sky having recently appeared in Two Left Feet and The Wrong Line. Favorite roles include: Benjamin in The Graduate, Richard Loeb in Never the Sinner, Paul in Barefoot in the Park, and Mitchell Green in The Little Dog Laughed.
Heather has been with Apricot Sky since 2001 when she was the stage manager for "Ribbons", a chairty show to benefit the families of the 9/11 tragedies. Heather is no stranger to the stage. She has been in many productions throughout New Jersey since 1992. Some of her favorite productions were "Annie Get Your Gun" as Dolly, "Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Seussical," and "Crazy For You." When not on stage or working in productions, Heather enjoys being a principal of Assumption Elementary School in Wood-Ridge.
Tom Blewitt- Directing credits include Frankenstein(Dover NJ), Destinations (Chatham Players), Parting Gifts (Barn Theatre), Death of a Legend (Dover NJ) & 10 Minutes Early (Apricotsky Productions).He was also the writer and director of the Dover Little Theatre's 75th Anniversary Gala. Acting credits include My Favorite Year (Sy), Anonymous (Sarge),Boys Next Door (Norman), Music From a Sparkling Planet (Hoagie) &I Hate Hamlet (Andrew). Film Credits include Diner Coffee and the award winning short film Brain Stormfor Off Stage Films. Tom currently serves on the board of directors at the Dover Little Theatre and is a proud active member of Cuchipinoy & Apricotsky productions.
Aaron Ratzan - became involved in theater as a child at Elliot Taubelslag's East Brunswick Children's Theater. That eventually led to a B.A. in Theater from Franklin and Marshall College (a bunch of stuff happened in between, but it's not really important). Recent work includes: Stage Manager for "All Shook Up" at Plays-in-the-Park; "Love, Sex, and the IRS", "At Home, At The Zoo" and "Which Witch Is Which?" with the Main Street Theater Company; Assistant Stage Mananger for "Seussical", "Don't Drink the Water", and "A Christmas Carol" (also with Main Street); Stage Crew for "The Odd Couple (Female Version)" and Light Board Op for "Visiting Mr. Green" at Playhouse 22. Aaron joined Apricot Sky Productions by Stage Managing "Knockout! A Night to Fight Cancer!", and is looking forward to many more productions with this great company!
Natasha is not Russian but most people think that she is, probably due to her first name. She typically tells people that she is Russian when they ask, mostly because it is quicker and easier than saying "No actually, my father is Serbian and my mother is Croatian." (see how long that took?) Natasha received her BA from Rutgers University where she double-majored in Psychology and Theater and earned her MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College. She is currently doing social work in an effort to keep busy while waiting for her opportunity to take Hollywood by storm. Natasha was bitten by the acting bug at a younge age, when she was chosen to sing "I Am A Pumpkin, Big And Round" a capella in her kindergarden pageant. There's been no shutting her up since, much to her family and friends' dismay. She has done various theater and independent film roles since then, as well as some improv comedy and directing. Natasha is a Pisces vegetarian who loves horror films and has a boyfriend who is so hot, even her male friends want to make sexy-time with him. Thanks to Eric and all of ASP for their help and dedication, and for being willing to put up with me season after season!