STAFF

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WILL CLEVELAND, Festival Director

This is Will’s fifth year producing for Austin Sketch Fest. He currently serves as ColdTowne Theater's Artistic Director. He’s an actor, comedian, director, and former producer for UCBComedy.com.

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LANCE GILSTRAP, Artistic Director

Lance has been a producer for Austin Sketch Fest since the inaugural year of the festival. He is a local comedy teacher, writer, and performer. He has been a part of a number of successful local shows including Midnight Society, STAG Comedy, Movie Riot, and Master Pancake.

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DAVE BUCKMAN, Executive Producer

Dave Buckman served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and web-based sketch comedy today. He culminated his run in Europe directing Boom Chicago: RockStars, the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50-year history. After Europe, Dave worked as a director, actor, and teacher at The Second City in Chicago. He is also a producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and Executive Producer at ColdTowne Theater, where he has been performing and directing since its opening in 2006.

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MATT NEEDLES, Production Manager

Matt Needles is a comedian and writer from Austin, TX. In addition to being the General Manager of ColdTowne Theater, he regularly performs with Empty Promises, Tribute, and sketch duo North American Field Guide.

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KYLE ROMERO, Operations Director

Kyle Romero is a comedy writer, performer, teacher, and director based out of Austin, TX. He performs monthly with the sketch comedy collective Pendulum. He is a graduate of the conservatory programs at UCB Los Angeles and ColdTowne Theater in Austin. He also performs improv a lot, but you don’t care about that, because this is a sketch festival. His favorite sketch is “Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices”, which is an old SNL sketch written by Jack Handey.

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ASHLEE JORDAN PRYOR, Marketing Director

Ashlee Jordan Pryor is a freelance graphic designer and the social media coordinator for ColdTowne Theater & Kebabalicious. Previously the Digital Marketing Manager of Art Alliance Austin & a co-founder of #BBATX, Ashlee has an extensive background in content management, graphic design, and being an all-around cool girl. When she is not glued to her computer, she is raising a fantastic kiddo and working on her small-scale clothing line, C/A Clothing. You can catch her on stage performing around ATX with her all-mom improv troupe My Secret Friend.

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DYLAN GARSEE, HOSPITALITY DIRECTOR

Dylan Garsee is a sketch comedian, improvisor, and drag queen. They perform monthly with Pendulum, weekly with Friends for Now, and quarterly with Hail to the Queen. They have also performed at Del Close Marathon, Austin Sketch Fest, and Sound on Sound Fest.

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AMBER BIXBY, STAND-UP COORDINATOR

Amber Bixby is an Austin based comedian, writer, and actress. Bixby’s optimistic view of pessimism and sardonic charm have won over countless audiences. Bixby is a favorite of The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival and has worked as an opener for Michael Che. She has performed at The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail at Fantastic Fest, and Boston’s Women in Comedy Fest. Bixby can also been seen co-starring in a web-series she created called Pretty Awful.

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MINDA WEI, Hospitality Coordinator

Minda Wei is a comedian, producer, and engineer based in Austin, Texas. You can catch her doing improv with Prayer Circle and the 2018 B. Iden Payne-winning Y'all We Asian, sketch with Hot Pot Comedy, and stand-up comedy around town. This is her first year producing for Austin Sketch Fest. She loves Key & Peele's Continental Breakfast sketch so much that she got a tattoo of it. Please do not let her get a tattoo of her other favorite, SNL's 80's Music Video.

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DEVON COLEMAN, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

This is Devon's second year with the Austin Sketch Fest team and also his second year in Austin. Originally from Detroit, he has written and performed comedy since before you could watch it on phones. Devon is currently a member of the improv team Sugar Water Purple, and can also be seen in lots of other sketch and improv projects across the Austin comedy community.

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SCARLETT ALEXANDRA, Production Coordinator

Scarlett Alexandra is a veteran of improv from New Orleans, LA who now resides in Austin, TX where she happily produces, hosts, and acts in improv and concept shows around town, such as Voice Over Rated or Shart Tank. She is a writer, actor, improviser, musician, and sometimes stand-up comedian whose favorite shows she's been a part of in this past year have been What Had Happened Was and Let's Take This Offline. This is her first year with Austin Sketch Fest and she's excited to have responsibilities outside of feeding herself and her cat.

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AMY KNOP, Producer

Amy Knop is a sketch writer, performer, and producer whose past highlights include writing political parody for Over the Lege at the Long Center (where she also got to improvise next to Wendy Davis!). She is excited to serve as an Austin Sketch Fest producer and help create an experience that truly showcases the diverse voices of our sketch community.

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BRIAN MAY, Producer

Brian is an improviser, actor, and writer originally from the Dallas area. He is a writer and performer with the sketch troupe Pendulum. This is his second year producing for Austin Sketch Fest. Any out-of-town guests he takes to Tyson's Tacos, and/or Via 313.

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MALINA PANOVICH, Technical Engineer

Malina Panovich is thrilled to be back in the saddle again at Austin Sketch Fest! With regards to the comedy world, you can often find her teching for improv, sketch and stand-up shows around town, along with tech directing for BettyFest and venue directing for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival every year. Malina otherwise spends her time working on numerous independent film projects as a casting director, assistant director, and producer. One of Malina's favorite things to do is spending as much time as she can soaking in all the weird goodness that Austin has to offer and looking forward to the imaginary day when all traffic will suddenly vanish.

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AJ MCKEON, Consulting Producer

AJ is a writer / performer / improvisor from New York, now living in Austin. He was once almost on the Rosie O’Donnell show as a kid but chickened out. AJ’s favorite sketch is probably “Potato Chip” from season 36 of SNL because he always wanted to be an astronaut but loved chips too much to make that a reality.