• 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

Alyssa Crump – Director of Marketing

Alyssa CrumpAlyssa Crump is an arts manager and dance educator with over 10 years of experience in non-profit management. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance & Choreography in 2010, Alyssa interned at the American Dance Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts before working with the National Dance Association under AAHPERD. Alyssa has taught dance for over 6 years at various locations including community arts academies, private studios, and public schools. In 2014 Alyssa founded the dance education company Connect the Dots Dance, LLC in Front Royal, VA to expand dance education opportunities for students within her local community. Alyssa has interned with the George Mason University School of Dance and Joy of Motion Dance Center and worked as Assistant Box Office Manager with the Contemporary American Theater Festival and as Grants Administrative Support with the 11th Street Bridge Park. In 2017, Alyssa received her MA in Arts Managment from George Mason University.

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).

• Advisory Board •

Founding Artistic Director – Dr. Matthew R. Wilson
Jason Schlafstein
Ellys Abrams
Jon Rubin

• Board of Directors •

Dr. Ralph G. Perrino (President)
Denise Perrino (Co-President/Secretary)
Diane Page (Treasurer)
Claudia Seay
Jordan Abner