• Faction Staff •
Toby Mulford – Producing Artistic Director
Toby Mulford is an educator, actor, and playwright specializing in ensemble-created physical theater. He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Traveling Players Ensemble, where he started a five-week Commedia dell'Arte summer program for teenagers. He holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theater from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where he co-created over a dozen original works. He has also studied with Antonio Fava and with faculty from the Moscow Art Theatre School. Originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, he has performed with BigHeadHouse, the Vagabond Acting Troupe, the International Opera Company, and Tribe of Fools. His plays have been produced at the Dell'Arte Company (California), the Brick Playhouse (Philadelphia), and the Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary, Canada).
Paul Reisman – Associate Artistic Director
Paul Reisman is a professional actor, director and educator. For Faction of Fools, he has directed/written Pinocchio! (HHA nominated, Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences), directed/produced several Fool for Alls, Plays on the American Mask, and Scenes from The Three Musketeers 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, 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
Rachel Spicknall Mulford – Director of Public Relations
Rachel is an actor, mover, and teaching artist. She holds a BA in Theater from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has studied Commedia dell'Arte with Faction of Fools since 2010. Other training includes the National Theater Institute, the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Washington Improv Theatre, the Staniewski Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, and the Center for Movement Theater. With Faction of Fools, Rachel has performed in the Fool for All at Capital Fringe, the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, The Sandbox in the Arena Stage Edward Albee Festival, and Quattro Scenari on annual Commedia dell'Arte Day. She has performed locally with The American Century Theater, Spotlight Comunicaciones, and Synapse Theatre Company, and non-locally with BigHeadHouse and Capital City Mystery Players in Austin, TX. Rachel's passion is to make people laugh.
Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder – Director of Education
Lindsey 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
Sarah Conte – Production Manager
Sarah Conte has acted as a stage manager, properties designer, and theatrical artisan at such theatres as Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Hub Theatre, No Rules Theatre, and American Century Theatre. She has worked with Faction of Fools on a myriad of projects, beginning with A Commedia Romeo and Juliet in 2012. Sarah was a Production Apprentice at Imagination Stage, where she began her theatre career in DC and had many opportunities to develop all of her technical skills. She received a BA from SUNY New Paltz in Theatre Technology and Design. Sarah is currently working as a freelance stage manager, artisan, and technician around DC.
Gwen Grastorf – Social Media Coordinator
Gwen Grastorf 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
Krystin Balzerini – Access Coordinator
Krystin Balzerini is an American Sign Language interpreter in the Washington, DC area. She received a BS in Deaf Studies from Boston University and an MA in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. It was in Boston that she discovered her passion for theatrical interpreting and in DC that she began developing her craft. FoF theatrical interpreting credits include: A Commedia Romeo and Juliet, A Commedia Christmas Carol, The Lady Becomes Him, and Don Juan. Other theatrical interpreting and voice acting credits include: HandSpeak (Kennedy Center), West Side Story (Broadway Across America), A Commedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Commons), Hamlet, Charlotte's Web, Noises Off (Gallaudet University). She is honored and excited to be part of the amazing and talented artists in this foolish faction!
Tyler Herman – Associate Producer
Tyler Herman, a Washington native, has worn many hats serving theatres throughout the years. He has worked as an actor, director, producer, playwright, administrator, technician, and others. With over ten years of experience working front of house, Tyler seeks to engage audiences long before the show starts, and to blend the aesthetic experiences of any production with the time spent in the lobby. He has been seen onstage with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre-MTC, the Fools, and many others. He is also currently the Treasurer of the Actors' Center, a service organization in DC that serves actors and area theatres. Education: BA, Cornell University.
Daniel Flint – Associate Producer
Daniel Flint is an actor, writer, producer, and designer. A recent transplant to the DC area, he has worked in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. For Faction of Fools, Daniel performed in the 2010 Fool for All at Capital Fringe. He has worked at Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Theatre Company, and he is a Company Member of Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Daniel has always been drawn to classical art forms and physical comedy, so Commedia is a perfect fit for him. MFA, The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
Matthew R. Wilson – Founder & Former Artistic Director
Matthew 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 •
Patti Herman – Vice-President/Secretary
Claudia Seay – Member
Diane Page – Member