• Faction Staff •

Paul Reisman – Producing Artistic Director

Paul ReismanPaul Reisman is a professional actor, director and educator. For Faction he has directed and produced many productions, including Henry V, The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, Fool for Alls 4-10; 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. He wrote and directed Pinocchio! (HHA nominated, Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences), and co-adapted A Commedia Romeo & Juliet. Onstage, he has performed in Our Town, A Commedia Christmas Carol, A Commedia Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Made Foolish, and many Fools-for-All, including 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. He has been an educator for 20 years, teaching an array of subjects that includes Commedia dell'Arte, Physical Comedy, Improv, Shakespeare, and Clown. He is currently on the faculty at Shepherd University. In DC, he teaches for Faction of Fools, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Traveling Players Ensemble, and the Smithsonian, among others. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association. He has trained extensively in physical theatre, Lecoq, clown, and Commedia under Christopher Bayes, Dody DiSanto, and Maestro Antonio Fava. MFA at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. BFA, Montclair State University. www.PaulReisman.com

Kathryn Zoerb – Director of Marketing

Kathryn ZoerbKathryn Zoerb is a freelance EMC actor and yoga instructor (E-RYT 200 & RPYT) in the DC area and a proud company member of Faction of Fools. Past productions with the Fools include The Cherry Orchard, Foolish Fairytales, The Miser, Our Town, and the 6th and 7th “Fool for All”s. She has had the privilege of working with Folger Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Imagination Stage, WSC Avant Bard, Rep Stage, Brave Spirits Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and Compass Rose Theatre. Kathryn received her BA in Theatre and Music from the University of Pittsburgh, studied Commedia dell’Arte with Maestro Antonio Fava at ArscomicA in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and studied physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. www.KathrynZoerb.com

Francesca Chilcote – Director of Education

Francesca ChilcoteFrancesca Chilcote is a free-lance teaching artist, actor, and theatre-maker based in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Theatre from the The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo, IT), where she studied commedia dell’arte under Maestro Marcello Bartoli. After finishing her masters, she toured Italy with “Theatrino,” a Theatre-In-Education company that utilizes emotion-based learning to teach English in Italian schools, and helped organize the Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy. She is co-founder of the all-female clown collective, Women from Mars (wfmtheatre.com), and has toured Northern Italy and the US with them. For Faction, she has performed in The Cherry Orchard, The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery, Bravo, Zan Angelo: A World-Premiere Workshop, and several workshops at the Kennedy Center's "Page to Stage Festival". In DC, she has performed with The Welders, Nu Sass Productions, Brave Spirits Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Adventure Theatre MTC, and Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a staff member of Educational Theatre Company (ETC), where she serves as the Director of After School Programming, and helps run their Shakespeare in the Schools program. Through ETC, she is also proud to direct “Devising Hope” a project that brings together adults that have experienced homelessness and local high school students to collaborate on a devised theatre piece. She teaches clown, commedia, and devising as part of the Performing and Visual Arts magnet program at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, MD. She also teaches theatre and commedia at many schools in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area through ETC and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, in Baltimore, MD. She is a certified teacher of Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS). Her work as a translator is featured in The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’arte. She is also a proud co-devisor of LadyM, a dark clown piece about witches and menstruation, with Rachel Hynes, Anastasia Wilson, and Vanita Kalra. In 2017, LadyM received a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities which funded research on DC women on their attitudes toward menstruation. A new, full length production of LadyM, informed by these 400 collected surveys will be produced by the Welders in July 2019.

Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder – Director of Access & Inclusion

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
Dr. Chris Martin