THE FOOLS
(Executive & Artistic Staff)

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CAMERON CLARKE

Founding Artistic Director

Cameron Clarke is an actor, director, writer, performance artist, occasional clown, and quite a bit more. Embracing the term "professional goofball," Cameron is kind of a jack-of-all-trades in the theatrical realm. A native of Virginia and graduate of James Madison University (GO DUKES!), Cameron officially became a proud New Yorker when he broke his ankle running for a train -- and missed the train.

Acting credits in NYC include: Brick in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Parkside Players), David in Manuscript (Just Kidding Theatre Co.), Orlando in As You Like It (Barefoot Shakespeare), Antonio in The Tempest (The Fools & Kings Project), and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (Barefoot Shakespeare). Directing credits include Company of Fools' inaugural production of True West, a reading of The Pillowman, and assistant direction of Pericles (The Fools & Kings Project). Cameron has written several short and full-length plays, a webseries, a one-man show, and several screenplays. 

Collin Blackard

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Collin is an actor and improvisor hailing from Oklahoma!  He owes a lot to his family and mentors, and is proud to work with Company of Fools.  

He received a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University.  He lived in Chicago and graduated from the Second City Conservatory and iO training center.  Collin continued his studies in New York at UCB, The Lee Strasberg Institute for Film and Theatre, and The New York Theatre Academy.  

Collin is proud to have played Lee in CoF's maiden production, True West.  His career highlights include Danny: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Adam: Yankee Tavern, Adam Long: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Henry: The Fantasticks and many more.

 

MIKE SWAN

Fool-in-Chief & Twin Cities Representative

Mike Swan is a native New Jerseyan who resides in Minnesota and is very cold for much of the year. He spent two years as a resident actor at the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN before relocating to the Twin Cities where he now lives a double life as a freelance actor and as a Tour Coordinator for The National Theatre for Children. An avid cyclist, Mike rode his bike from coast-to-coast one time. It was super neat. He'd love to tell you some stories.

Select acting credits include: #Matter (Guthrie Theater), The Shape of Things (DalekoArts), All My Sons (Artistry),  Arcadia and Tigers Be Still (Commonweal Theatre), and The Merchant of Venice (Virginia Shakespeare Festival). Mike holds a BA in Theatre from James Madison University.


 

ALEX TOWERS

Executive Fool  & Atlanta Representative

Alex is an actor currently based out of Atlanta with a particular affinity for high energy characters, stage combat, new works, and general absurdity. Favorite recent credits include Mighty Bug in The Adventures of Mighty Bug at The Center for Puppetry Arts and Lysander in Shitfaced Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a proud almost graduate (attendee?) of James Madison University where he met this whole bunch of chuckleheads. He also owns a really cute dog named George, who, if he's honest, isn't very well behaved a lot of the time. 

COMPANY OF FOOLS™ 2017