Coaches

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.
Our coaches have not only completed the Sketchworks education program themselves, but they are also working actors and members of the mainstage ensemble. Follow them on social media to see what they're up to or catch them in a live show.

It's ok, it's not stalking if they're actors.
John D. Babcock, III
Writing Coach

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.
Sanna Erica
Head Acting Coach

Sanna has always had a special place in her heart for Sketch Comedy. Growing up watching Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, All That, The Amanda Show, The Muppet Show, and even Sesame Street made her a big fan of sketches early on. Sanna has been performing and creating comedy for years, and enjoys performing sketch consistently with Sketchworks.

Sanna started acting professionally when she was 14 years old. She has been coaching acting since 2011, soon after she made the move to Atlanta, GA. Sanna loves teaching actors of all ages, and considers it a huge privilege to be able to teach every week! Along with Sketchworks, Sanna teaches acting for the camera at The Actor’s Scene in the greater Atlanta area.

She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Azusa Pacific University, studying Theatre/Acting, Film, Screenwriting, and Animation. Sanna is currently working on her Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Brenau University. Sanna’s previous credits include Alloy Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Tyler Perry Studios, Hulu, and Netflix. Sanna is a member of SAG-AFTRA in good standing and is represented by Houghton Talent.

Be sure to check out Sanna’s website at www.sannaerica.com. Sanna also hangs out on Instagram and YouTube - be sure to follow her and subscribe!
John Buisman
Youth and Adult Acting Coach

John has been doing sketch comedy since he was very young. He would invite friends over and pester them into creating a mini sketch show with him on the spot.

John pursued Theatre at the University of Georgia, where he acted in plays ranging from Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth to Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. In addition to his work with Sketchworks, John has participated at the Atlanta Fringe Festival as both actor and director.

Since graduating, John has lead summer camps for Sketchworks Education.
Kirsten Krehbiel
Youth and Adult Acting Coach

Kirsten Krehbiel was born and raised in small town Kansas. After graduating with a Performing Arts degree, she bounced around before settling down in Atlanta.

Kirsten did her master class with Sketchworks in 2016 and has done several shows with them since including: “From Russia with Sketch”, “Love, Family, Mars”, and “Vape”. Kirsten worked as the assistant teacher in this year's Sketchworks kids camps.

When she is not on stage, you can find her piddling around her house with her cat Dobby.
Sasha Friedman
Youth Acting Coach

Sasha Friedman fell in love with acting when she first appeared in the musical "Oliver" in 7th grade. She performed in many performance in high school and decided to enroll in the theatre program in UGA. After graduation, Sasha decided to also pursue her love of children and she received a K-5 certification to become an elementary school teacher. Sasha taught in Dekalb and Gwinnett County schools for 7 years where she won "Walmart Teacher of the Year Award."

Sasha also enjoyed her passion for theatre part time while she was teaching. Sasha's favorite roles include, Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra," Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," Corie in "Barefoot in the Park," Eleanor in "Lion in Winter," Gwendolyn in "The Importance of Being Ernest," and Sunny in "Last Night of Ballyhoo." Sasha has also had various roles in independent films which have been seen in several film festivals.

Sasha performs with Sketchworks Comedy which she enjoys tremendously because loves making people laugh. She is so excited to join the Sketchworks educational team where she can combine her love for theatre and children!
Tom von Dohlen
Editing and Acting Coach

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 the 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!
Cathy Poley
Improv and Acting Coach

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!
Matt Metzger
Improv and Acting Coach

Matt Metzger's love for acting and improv began when he was a teen living in a small farm town in Ohio. Seeing his big sister perform with her college improv troupe inspired him to start a high school improv and drama club that he ran for three years.

At 17, he auditioned and received a grant to the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts for a summer program. Later that year, he auditioned, was accepted and given a full ride scholarship to the New York Film Academy for acting and improv.

While attending college, he performed regular improv shows around the NYC circuit and found himself interning for The Wooster Group as well as part time at UCB.

Matt has been teaching improv as well as the acting techniques Meisner, LaCoque, Stanislavski and Hagen off and on for 7 years now. Working with people in an open and creative environment for the goal of fun and art is a joy.

In the wonderful city of Atlanta, Matt continued to persue his dreams and passions performing improv all around the circuit, working in tv and film and as a regular sketch actor in Sketchworks Comedy. His previous credits include Halt & Catchfire, Manhunt: Unabomber, the Atlanta Winter Improv Olympics and more.

Currently, at several Cons or Renaissance Festival you can see his nerdtastic, thematic improv show 'Funyuns & Flagons'. You may also find him in his created web series 'The Campaign', which has released 2 Episodes and still in development going further.
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