THE FOOLS
(Executive & Artistic Staff)

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CAMERON CLARKE

Founding Artistic Director

Cameron Clarke is an actor, director, writer, performance artist, magician, 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 proud Ecuadorian-American, native of Virginia, and graduate of James Madison University (GO DUKES!), Cameron officially became a 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); Orlando in As You Like It and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (Barefoot Shakespeare Co.); Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Antonio in The Tempest (The Fools & Kings Project); and a member of the Ensemble in Julius Caesar (Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park). Directing credits include Company of Fools' inaugural production of True West, a reading of The Pillowman, and CoF’s recent production of Plucker. Cameron has also written several short and full-length plays, a webseries, a one-man show, and several screenplays. 

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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.

 
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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.

Collin is currently helming Company of Fools’ upcoming production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which will open in April of 2019. For more info and tix, head to the #DATDBS page here!

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ALEX TOWERS

Executive Master of the Revels

Alex is an actor and other-stuff-er from Virginia who made the move to the big city in the summer of 2017, and is super excited to be getting more hands-on with the rest of these Fools! Alex spent a few years down in Atlanta working at various theaters doing everything from new dramas about childhood trauma to working a full body puppet as a super hero bug, so it would be safe to say he's up for whatever.

As Master of Revels, Alex will do his best to make sure that every CoF event is as silly as possible. You can find him out on these streets, probably walking his very cute and moderately well behaved dog, or trying his darnedest to make up for whatever stupid thing he said to his wife this time.

COMPANY OF FOOLS™  2019