Directors
Cathy Poley
Director

Cathy Poley, an award-winning writer/producer and comedian, has written/produced Emmy-winning videos and was once voted Funniest Person in Atlanta. She has been seen in TV series such as Eastbound and Down and Ozark and is proud to be a performer/writer/director with Sketchworks. Cathy has a keen sense of humor, a dazzling personality, and a VHS tape of the Princess Bride that belongs to her former roommate Brandi. If you see Brandi, tell her to come get her stuff!
Michael Donelan
Assistant Director

Throughout his life, Michael was always asked "Are you trying to be funny?" by teachers, nuns, authority figures, and family. In 2018, he finally decided that the answer to that question would be resounding "Yes, damn it! I am trying to be funny." That is when he joined Sketchworks and made his main stage debut in 2018.

With a face for radio, Michael has also tried his hand at voice-over acting and has appeared recently on the Harry Strange Radio Drama podcast.

Due to his long thwarted lust for power, he decided to try his hand at being an assistant director for Sketchworks.

When not trying to be funny, Michael enjoys playing guitar (poorly), singing in a choir (poorly), exercising (irregularly) and exploring conspiracy theories on Reddit. He is a loving husband to a long-suffering wife and a father to two often mortified teenagers.
Cast
Brian Troxell

Brian has been a fan of sketch comedy since he was a little kid and was as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning when he discovered Sketchworks in 2009. He joined as an actor in 2010, directed his first show in 2013, and became an owner-producer in 2015.

Brian is an actor and voice artist in Atlanta. He has narrated over 150 audiobooks so far and is still cranking them out. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science that he never uses anymore and has completely forgotten everything about.

Brian’s personal mantra is “#NeverProduce”.
Jean Verdel Alexander

Jean Alexander is a film, TV, and theatre actor and visual artist whose love affair with acting began at the tender age of four when she acted out various cartoons in her parents’ basement. Her favorites - and by favorites, I mean, her bizarre crushes -were Alvin of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Pepe le Pew. In spite of her unusual attraction to cartoon rodents, Jean is happily married to Bill, an extremely patient and supportive architect, and has two amazing sons. Jean is a longtime Mainstage actor with Sketchworks, and is very happy to be up on stage playing with her sketchy cast mates.
Kathleen Seconder

Kathleen is stoked to be working with her talented Sketchworks Teammates once again! You may have seen her in productions at Stage Door Players, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Opera, Onstage Atlanta, Act 3, Gypsy Theater, or Lionheart Theater and Off-Broadway in NYC in The Limousine Ride at the historic McGinn-Cazale Theater among others. She has also performed overseas with the Copenhagen Theater Circle, and Kensington Drama Company in London. She has 8 other great loves but you only get 4: her husband Joe, their adorable bundle of fur, Socks the Cat, hitting the road to visit cool places, and music. Thanks for supporting live sketch comedy and here’s to humor!
John D. Babcock III

John's comedy career started when he wrote and performed sketches in his backyard for neighbors. John joined Sketchworks Comedy in January 2017 as a cast member of LAUGHTER REHAB.

In addition to writing and performing for Sketchworks, John writes murder mystery plays for Agatha's - A Taste of Mystery, The Mystery Café of Indianapolis, and Laughing Matters.  He also contributed on-air scripts to Turner Classic Movies - having  written for the late Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz.  His play INDEPENDENT, about filmmaker John Cassavetes, received its world premiere at Essential Theatre's 2017 Summer Festival.

John is a loving and dedicated husband and father who drives a sensible car and has no pets.
Tom von Dohlen

Tom originally hails from the hills of West Virginia, is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and is a current MFA candidate at SCAD. He's a face in comedy community of Atlanta and is thrilled to be involved in another Sketchworks show.

Recently he's competed with his improv team "Vibe Check" in the ATL Winter Improv League where they were finalists. He also plays Henry in "The Campaign", a D&D web series. Hope you enjoy the chuckles!
Dave Deutschle

Dave Deutschle (otherwise known as Julie Shaer’s husband) is an accountant/finance worker by day and an actor by night. He is lucky to have acting along with his sense of humor to keep him sane, because as many would guess accounting does not lead to an environment where laughing and joking around are encouraged. Dave has had the pleasure of working many times with Sketchworks in the past and is grateful that Cathy is letting this old man come back and have some fun with a great cast, writers and directors.

Get ready to laugh and have some fun damnit!
Dina Karl

Dina started acting at a community theatre in Hollywood, Florida when she was ten years old. She wanted to play every role. She moved with her family to metro Atlanta when she was thirteen and was a totally stereotypical, closeted, drama kid in middle and high school. She earned a BFA in Theatre Performance at Columbus State University and has a bunch of other training under her belt.

Dina is an acting coach at The Actor's Scene because she loves sharing her passion for acting with a younger generation (and acting hasn't been able to pay all the bills yet.) She continues working in film (you haven't seen,) theatre (you didn't go to,) and sketch comedy (you better laugh!)
David Provost

It was a dark and stormy night...
Writers
John D. Babcock, III
Head Writer

John's comedy career started when he wrote and performed sketches in his backyard for neighbors. John joined Sketchworks Comedy in January 2017 as a cast member of LAUGHTER REHAB.

In addition to writing and performing for Sketchworks, John writes murder mystery plays for Agatha's - A Taste of Mystery, The Mystery Café of Indianapolis, and Laughing Matters.  He also contributed on-air scripts to Turner Classic Movies - having  written for the late Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz.  His play INDEPENDENT, about filmmaker John Cassavetes, received its world premiere at Essential Theatre's 2017 Summer Festival.

John is a loving and dedicated husband and father who drives a sensible car and has no pets.
Bill Szabrak

John's comedy career started when he wrote and performed sketches in his backyard for neighbors. John joined Sketchworks Comedy in January 2017 as a cast member of LAUGHTER REHAB.

In addition to writing and performing for Sketchworks, John writes murder mystery plays for Agatha's - A Taste of Mystery, The Mystery Café of Indianapolis, and Laughing Matters.  He also contributed on-air scripts to Turner Classic Movies - having  written for the late Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz.  His play INDEPENDENT, about filmmaker John Cassavetes, received its world premiere at Essential Theatre's 2017 Summer Festival.

John is a loving and dedicated husband and father who drives a sensible car and has no pets.
Cathy Poley

Cathy Poley, an award-winning writer/producer and comedian, has written/produced Emmy-winning videos and was once voted Funniest Person in Atlanta. She has been seen in TV series such as Eastbound and Down and Ozark and is proud to be a performer/writer/director with Sketchworks. Cathy has a keen sense of humor, a dazzling personality, and a VHS tape of the Princess Bride that belongs to her former roommate Brandi. If you see Brandi, tell her to come get her stuff!
Tim Millard

Tim Millard is the product of a steady childhood diet of humor and comedy.  Movies and late-night television molded and warped his mind with absurd and silly ideas, which he gets to turn into laugh-inducing sketches for Sketchworks Comedy.  He’s also an actor who performs on stage across Atlanta and on screen.

Tim previously spent nearly two decades as a journalist and has the finally-paid-off master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to prove it.  He received an Emmy nomination for a story about gentrification and a few chuckles for his CBS News Radio story about a man who paints his animals orange.

Find him on Instagram at @thetimmillard and on Twitter at @Raunchola. Expect to see lots of photos of his six-toed cat, Noodle.
Prachi Singh

Prachi is from India and her association with Sketchworks officially began in March 2018 at a time when she was hopelessly scanning the Internet for a comedy group to write sketch comedy with. Little did she know that the answer to her prayers lay somewhere in Atlanta. And so began the romance with comedy!

With a degree in English Literature from St. Bede’s College, Shimla- a quaint hill town of north India- Prachi has always been passionate about creative arts as she got into writing poems, songs, abstracts and stories from an early age. She has been living in Mumbai since about ten years now, previously working as an AD on numerous Hindi films and now writing for Hindi films/ web series.
As for her loving and a very long distance relationship with the United States- in addition to being a writer for Sketchworks, she’s now also become a part of The Scene Shop as a contributing writer for their comedy podcasts, namely Bad Gladiator and Slapback.

Prachi’s love for comedy was triggered a few years ago by some very popular shows such as Impractical Jokers (and their sketches as The Tenderloins), Key and Peele, SNL, The Office and Big Train of BBC Two. And since then, there has been no turning back. Some may even call it ‘laugh at first sight’!
Prachi is an animal lover and literally falls in love with every dog she meets. She is terrified of lizards though.

Her writing can be aptly defined with the following quote from Michael Scott: "Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way."
Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn is a writer, comedian, and artist living in Michigan. Her short story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her comedy writing has appeared in The Offing and The Belladonna, and was selected for Second City’s 2019 Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival.

McFawn is a recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Literature and Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is an Associate Professor at Northern Michigan University, where she teaches fiction and scriptwriting. When she isn’t writing, drawing, or teaching, she trains horses and cats. Her horse can catch a plastic bag in midair and her cat can give a hi-five and play a mini piano. Jealous?
G.M. Lupo

G. M. Lupo is an author and playwright living in Middle Georgia. Find him on the web at gmlupo.com.
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