Staff

Randall Cleveland – Artistic Director
Randall‘s studied and performed sketch and long-form improv with Upright Citizens Brigade and i/O West in Los Angeles and taught at Bill Chott’s The Improv Trick in St. Louis. His mission as Artistic Director is to continue growing the Seattle sketch comedy scene and the festival into an event that gets national attention. He writes and performs with groups like¬†Princess,¬†Babyfin, Duck Duck Scissors, and Specific Northwest.


Beth PetersonBeth Peterson – Managing Director
Beth teaches Theatre at Everett Community College and created a Sketch/Improv class specifically for EvCC. Beth also produces a sketch night each term at the college. Beth is a Actor, director and playwright in the Seattle area. You will always know when Beth is in the audience. Always. She is really loud.


Ben_staff2Ben Laurance
Ben has been performing in and around Seattle since 1994. He manages the back-end of the website and programs the SketchFest Seattle Comedy Film Challenge. Send him your funny video!
film@sketchfest.org


Matt OlsonMatt Olson
Matt studied film and video production at The Evergreen State College where he helped form the student comedy group Generation Friends. He performs sketch, improv and stand-up around Seattle, is a member of the sketch troupe Drop The Root Beer and Run and a media editor for The Pocket Theater. He produces the bi-monthly sketch comedy showcase Etch & Sketch, and coordinates volunteers for the annual festival.
volunteer@sketchfest.org


Zak NelsonZak Nelson
Zak Nelson is native to the northwest. He sometimes grows on the south side of trees, where he writes, produces, and performs sketch comedy with Drop the Root Beer and Run. He originally did comedy on a lark in college, and ever since then he just can’t seem to stop. Zak is also for available for extended conversations regarding music and soccer. No one has taken him up on soccer yet.


Dan HartDan Hart
Dan is a little bit all over the place. He studied film and video production at University of Arizona, and improv, sketch, and standup comedy in Toronto. Now, he works in marketing. And he’s bringing a crazy fusion of all of those skills to SketchFest.


Sarah_staffSarah McKinley
Sarah writes and performs absurd, physical, political comedy and theatre projects in Seattle and assistant venue manages the Pocket Theater. You can see her perform with Part Plant, Smat!, American Horror Story: Improvised, and Drunk vs. High Comedy. Sarah studied Theatre Arts and Overeager Friendliness at University of Puget Sound and has performed at Bumbershoot, SketchFest, and Seattle International Dance Festival.

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