Professional Sketch Comedy Instruction
Over the past decade, Brian has appeared in several feature films, learning from such notables as Mickey Rooney, Billy Dee Williams, and Brad Dourif. You may recognize him from the famous cult film Pumpkinhead, or maybe Killer Next Door, which is now playing on the Mystery Channel. Most recently he appeared in the films Stroke of Genius and Dead Birds. Brian has worked in network television, and has also done lots of commercials and voice overs. For the past four years he has been a member of the Accidental Comics, the improv comedy branch of Seven Course Theater. Performing nationwide, the troupe entertains diverse audiences with improvisational, character-driven comedy. As well as writing and acting in Sketchworks, Brian now teaches Acting In Sketch Comedy at yourACT On-Camera Acting Classes. Brian is a co-producer for Sketchworks.
Ashlee got her first taste of comedy in a church musical at the age of six. She had one line repeated over and over, “Oh my goodness gracious!”, which she delivered with ever increasing dramatic flair each time. The audience laughed and she was hooked. She joined the burgeoning acting scene in Atlanta in 2005 and has worked on several films, television shows and commercials since then. Among other projects, you can currently see Ashlee as Owen Wilson’s sister in The Internship now on DVD, and in theaters nationwide as Audry in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. Next year, you can catch her on The Red Road, a new original series for The Sundance Channel. Ashlee has also been a main stage cast member for Sketchworks since 2008. She has transformed into everything from arthritic grannies and a foul mouthed first grader to the Crimson Skull-all for the sake of making the audience laugh. You may remember her as everyone’s favorite talk show host, Jane Anderson, host of Black Perspective. She also occasionally writes sketches for the shows and hopes to do more writing in the future. Ashlee is in ongoing training in the Meisner technique, as well as Improv. If you haven’t already fallen asleep reading this and want to know more, look her up on IMDB, google her or just ask.
Robin Henry's first love has always been comedy. Well, actually it was Jerry Lewis, but, hey, close enough. A transplanted Atlantan, by way of locales as near as Cleveland and as far-flung as China, her passion is to make people laugh. A longtime journalist, she didn't find her true calling until she took a Sketchworks writing class and something funny happened. She was asked to join the Sketchworks writing team and a couple of her SW taped pieces have screened at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently working as a writer at Tyler Perry Studios, writing episodes for the TV shows "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne."
Casey is excited to be a part of the Sketchworks education team. Casey earned her BFA in theatre performance from Columbus State University in 2005. Upon graduation she went to work for Lexington Children's Theatre as a performer and a teaching artist. She has performed and taught in schools across the country. She has a passion for youth theatre and believes in its importance as a means to continue growth in our youth, art, and theatre community as a whole. Casey moved back to Atlanta in 2008 and quickly found a theatre family at Sketchworks. She is an actor and voice over artist in the Atlanta area and is represented by the People Store Agency as well as the Umberger Agency. Casey is pumped to be teaching for Sketchworks and hopes she can spark a love for sketch comedy and theatre in her students.
Once upon a time, Jen dreamed of growing up and becoming a brain surgeon. But as the years passed, it was clear that a low aptitude in math and science does not a doctor make. Instead she chose an alternative means of getting inside your head. As co-producer and brain donor to Sketchworks, Jen attempts to practice mind-numbing, thought-provoking sketch comedy because laughter is the best medicine, after all. And while writing sketch comedy isn't easy, it's not brain surgery. Thanks to the Universe and to Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Jen is a co-producer for Sketchworks.
Mark enjoys sketch comedy writing and is excited about the opportunity to teach sketch writing at Sketchworks! He does comedy around Atlanta. He's a fan of Downton Abbey even though its not sketch comedy.
Cathy Poley is thrilled to be a writer, performer and instructor with Sketchworks having worked in comedy in one form or another since 2000. She was named Atlanta's Funniest Person in 2001 winning the WB36 Late-Night Laff-Off. She has entertained crowds across the country at comedy festivals and across Atlanta working with groups such as The Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy, Laughing Matters and The Basement Theatre.
Julie has had the pleasure of being a part of the fabulous Sketchworks team for almost 6 years! Starting out as a student and developing into a full on Sketchworkian has been such a joyful, exhilarating ride - giggling all the way. Julie might bust out in a tap dance routine reminiscent of the days of when she performed in musicals (we're just talkin' highschool here folks) or perform a number by the brilliant, amazingly talented teenagers on Glee, but you know... she ultimately loves to get her sketch on.
Bill has been making people around him laugh since he first avoided a fight in elementary school by making jokes. His introduction to Sketchworks came when when a coworker and Sketchworks troupe member said, "You're funny. You should write comedy." Apparently the 88th time you hear something, it finally sticks; and he quickly came up through the Sketchworks ranks, and has been a contributing member of the writing team since.