magical. smart. funny.
sheri can embody a wide range of characters
sheri is a team player
professional on set. prepared. people like to have her around.
Graduating with a degree in theatre, sheri has extensive experience in theatre and film. Her roles have ranged from Dolly Madison for the Royal Pickwickians who did street theatre in DC, to Queen Agravain in Once Upon a Mattress, to Suffragist Lucy Burns at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Her comedy talent could be seen in Crossing Delancy as the matchmaker Hannah Mandelbaum, Once Upon a Mime, a children’s traveling theatre troop and The Pandemic Playhouse series to name a few. Dramatic characterizations include Joan of Arc in The Lark, Anne Boleyn in Royal Gambit and Ann Deever in All My Sons to highlight a few.
The directing bug hit sheri in college. While taking courses in stage direction she found she not only liked it but was very good at it. Once out of school sheri began directing for community theatres. Her production of Agnes of God for Dominion Stage (Arlington, VA) won 3 major awards including Best Production and Best Direction. She was invited to direct Stuck, a play for the Capital Fringe Festival which received 4 out of 5 stars from reviewers. Prior to that, sheri was part of an event at her local Border’s Books called “The Play’s the Thing” where she directed 4 new One-Acts, and Censorship: The Temperature At Which Books Burn. Cedar Lane Stage’s (Bethesda, MD) Summer Sampler saw her directing Checkov's Gun and Leonard's Elephant. Currently sheri is using her directing talents for short films as well.
In 2010, sheri, along with Rich West, formed Wonder Pictures. She became the main producer on all projects. Their short films have won and continue to win, many awards on the film festival circuit. sheri was also a producer for N.O.S., a film done under the auspices of Third Person Omniscient Productions, and which became available on Amazon Prime in 2019, and premiered on ShortsTV in 2020. Prior to this, sheri produced the Holiday Festival at the Kennedy Center in DC and the script reading segments of the nationally known ScriptDC sponsored by Women In Film and Video, DC where sheri has served on the Board.
sheri has used her creative voice to narrate training films for the General Services Administration (GSA) and for children’s stories. She had a radio program in South Orange, NJ on the E.I.E.S. network where she was a radio reader for the blind.
Master of Ceremonies
sheri has successfully emceed a number of events for local organizations. While appearing on TV in the local shopping channel, sheri was asked to emcee a fundraiser for a local non-profit. After the event she was notified that the amount of money raised hit an all-time high record.
The Early Years
sheri began acting in elementary school where one of her roles was a dwarf in Sleeping Beauty. Her love of theatre continued in high school where she appeared in Harvey, the senior play, as Veta Louise Simmons. Once in college, theatre became her major. She appeared in leading roles on the main stage at the University of Maryland and was sought after for roles in the Black Box Theatre on campus. After graduating, local dinner theatres around the DMV called to her. Moving to New Jersey, she spent four years in the administrative offices of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn. Upon returning to Washington, D.C., she worked at the Kennedy Center where she met Sarah Jo Ewing. Together they formed Once Upon a Mime, a children’s traveling theatre troop where sheri was "sheri the storyteller" and Sarah was "Gabby the Mime." For three years they performed around the area, including the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the National Mall. Leaving the Kennedy Center, sheri attracted local notoriety on cable TV as a segment of the Shoppers Club of Virginia.
She is also active with Women in Film and Video, DC and has served as a judge for the DC Shorts Film Festival, the American University’s Media That Matters short script writing contests, and the DC Shorts script writing contest. Sheri has also been on selection panels for grants for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
sheri ratick stroud
About Wonder Pictures
In 2010, sheri ratick stroud, of It’s Me – sheri!! and Rich West, of West Production Services, pooled their many years of entertainment experience to form Wonder Pictures.
Their focus is on film shorts with humanistic themes that shine a light on relationships and range from drama to comedy and all stops in between.