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• Faction Staff •



Paul Reisman – Producing Artistic Director

Paul ReismanPaul Reisman is a professional actor, director and educator. For Faction of Fools, he has directed, produced, and adapted many productions, including The Merchant of Venice, Pinocchio! (HHA nominated, Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences), A Commedia Romeo & Juliet, Fool for Alls 4-8; Plays on the American Mask at the Intersections Festival; and Classics Made Foolish and The Three Musketeers Workshop as part of the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage festival. Onstage, he has performed in Our Town, A Commedia Christmas Carol, A Commedia Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Made Foolish, and Tales of Marriage and Mozzarella where he officiated a real wedding during the show! His work has also been seen on stage at the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, dog & pony, Flying V, Spooky Action Theatre, We Happy Few, Taffety Punk and regionally, at venues including the American Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, 12 Miles West, Luna Stage, TheatreFest, and the American Globe Theatre. As an educator, he teaches a wide array of subjects, including Commedia dell'Arte, Physical Comedy, Improv, Shakespeare, and Clown for Faction of Fools, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Traveling Players Ensemble, and the Smithsonian among others. Paul is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. He received his MFA at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. BFA, Montclair State University. www.PaulReisman.com



Kirsten E. Parker – Managing Director

Lindsey D. SnyderKirsten holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Stage Management from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. For Faction of Fools she has stage managed Our Town, A Commedia Christmas Carol, and The 3rd Annual "Fool For All": Tales of Marriage and Mozzarella. Other credits include work with Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Taffety Punk, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Carnival Cruise Lines. www.kirsteneparker.weebly.com



Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder – Director of Education

Lindsey D. SnyderLindsey is an independent scholar, educator, performer, and certified ASL interpreter. She completed her PhD in theatre and performance studies at the University of Maryland, College Park with her dissertation "Sawing the Air Thus: American Sign Language Translations of Shakespeare and the Echoes of Rhetorical Gesture." She is currently working as a freelance interpreter in Washington, DC with a specialty in performing arts. Theatrical interpreting includes: Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre, Imagination Stage, Kennedy Center, VSA Arts, and the American Shakespeare Center. Lindsey also travels nationally and internationally, presenting papers and workshops on rhetorical gesture, Elizabethan acting techniques, Deaf culture, and Interpreting skills. As an actor, Lindsey received her BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in text and performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts - King's College, London. www.LindseyDSnyder.com



Samantha Owen – Production Manager

Sarah ConteSamantha is a professional stage manager based in the D.C. area. Credits with Faction of Fools include: The Merchant of Venice, The Merchant Workshop and Frankenstein: The Workshop. Other D.C. credits include Flying V Fights 3: The Secret History of the Unknown World and Brother Mario (Flying V Theatre Company); Chalk and The Duchess of Malfi (We Happy Few Theatre Company); Richard III (Next Stop Theatre Company). Regional credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone and 39 Steps (Theatre by the Sea).



Gwen Grastorf – Social Media Coordinator

Gwen GrasdorfGwen has been working as an actor and performer in the DC-metro area since graduating with a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. Raised in Frederick, Maryland, she has a strong background in dance and music and is happiest when working on physical, ensemble-based shows. Gwen has performed with many local companies, including Constellation Theatre (where she is an Associate Artist), as well as Faction of Fools, Forum Theatre, Taffety Punk, Rorschach Theatre, WSC-Avant Bard, Solas Nua, Bright Alchemy Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, the Source Festival, and the Capital Fringe Festival. www.gwengrastorf.com



Matthew R. Wilson – Founder & Former Artistic Director

Matthew R. WilsonMatthew R. Wilson is a professional director, actor, choreographer, and writer, as well as one of American's leading experts in Commedia dell'Arte, which he studied, taught, and performed with Antonio Fava in Italy for eight years before founding Faction of Fools. He is the International Coordinator of SAT's worldwide Commedia dell'Arte Day every February 25th, and his published writings include two chapters on theatre history in the The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell'Arte (Routledge, 2014) as well as the play A Commedia Christmas Carol (Playscripts, Inc., 2013). Matt has toured Europe and North America with his own The Great One-Man Commedia Epic and has collaborated internationally on countless Commedia dell'Arte productions. For Faction of Fools, he has directed/adapted Our Town, Titus Andronicus, Don Juan (HHA nomination), A Commedia Christmas Carol (HHA nomination), Hamlecchino, A Commedia Romeo & Juliet, The Mandrake, The Sandbox, Tales of Love and Sausages, Tales of Courage and Poultry, and The House with Two Doors. Matt is an Adjunct Professor of Acting at George Washington University and George Mason University and has been a guest artist/lecturer at NYU, Columbia, and Northwestern, as well as numerous colleges, schools, and festivals across the country. His work has also been seen on stage at the Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, 1st Stage, Hub Theatre, dog & pony, Taffety Punk, No Rules, Constellation, Capital Fringe Festival, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, New England Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre, Cherry Lane, Tribeca Playhouse, LaMaMa ETC, 45 Bleecker, and New York Comedy, among others, and in various screen projects, including appearing opposite Kevin Spacey in the Netflix original series House of Cards. Matt is a proud member of the professional labor unions for stage and screen: Actor's Equity Association, SAG–AFTRA, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers' Society, as well as the Society of American Fight Directors and various scholarly associations. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University and an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and is currently completing a PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, where his dissertation focuses on Commedia dell'Arte–based pantomimes of the Faust story in 18th–century London. www.MatthewRWilson.com



• Board of Directors •



Dr. Ralph G. Perrino – President
Denise Perrino – Co-President/Secretary
Diane Page – Treasurer
Claudia Seay – Member at Large