Interpreted by
Mark Schneider.
Mark Schneider, who portrays the Marquis de Lafayette, has been performing as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1997. Mark has portrayed Lafayette since 1999 and has appeared at many locations to include "conversations with Thomas Jefferson" at Poplar Forrest Virginia, the 225th anniversary of the arrival of Rochambeau and the French in Newport, Rhode Island, "Lafayette in Richmond" at the Tredeger Iron works, outreach programs, schools and a series of annual programs at Colonial Williamsburg. Mark is currently part of the new "Revolutionary City" programing at Colonial Williamsburg, where he portrays Lafayette several times a week.
In addition to Lafayette, mark also portrays Napoleon Bonaparte, Banastre Tarleton and assorted other characters from history. Mark's character portrayals have taken him all over the United States and Europe. Mark has appeared as Napoleon several times on the history channel, at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., in New Orleans Louisiana for the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, at Baton rouge Louisiana for an Empress Josephine exhibit, at Waterloo, Belgium, for the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, in Slavkov, Czech Republic for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz and at several conferences for the Napoleonic Society of America and the Napoleonic Alliance. Mark will also be traveling to Vienna, Austria, and Leipzig, Germany, in August and October for more Napoleonic events.
Mark Schneider, was born in the small town of Setauket, New York on Long Island. After moving to Virginia, mark attended Christopher Newport University where he received a bachelor's degree in history. Mark then spent four years in the United States Army serving as a cavalry scout. Upon completion of his military service, mark began working for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Page posted 1 April 2006; revised 2 April 2006.