About Us 

Animal Engine makes old stories new, turning classic literature on its head with their deceptively minimalist, physically expressive style.

Founded in New York City in 2011, they create and perform original works and teach their unique approach across the United States and internationally. Past productions include the 4 time award-winning Willa Cather inspired love story “Petunia and Chicken” and the critically acclaimed Peter Pan retelling “Darlings.” The company is led by 2 artistic directors; partners Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, and currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Who We Are

Carrie Brown (Co-Artistic Director) has a BA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Theater from Naropa University at the London International School of  Performing Arts (LISPA), where she trained under Thomas Prattki and Amy Russell. A clown at heart, she has studied with clown teacher Giovanni Fusetti, the New York Goofs, and assisted clown Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros). She has made her mark on the New York clown scene with performances at Cirque Off, tinydangerousfun, New York Downtown Clown Revue, Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show, Force Majeure, and the New York Clown Theater Festival. She has worked with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients as a therapeutic clown with Lev Leytzan, and taught workshops and classes in clowning and theatre devising across the country. As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company she has co-devised and performed in every original production. She is a drama teacher and teaching artist in the Twin Cities. 

Karim Muasher (Co-Artistic Director) is a creator, performer, director, and teacher of physical devised theatre.  As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine, he has been a key member in creating and touring every production.  Notable collaborations outside the company include working with daredevil clown Bello Nock on his Broadway show “Bellomania” at the New Victory Theatre, and physical comedian Martin Gindick on his award winning solo show “Wingman” at the United Solo Festival.  He is the recipient of a Queens Council on the Arts grant, a graduate of LMCC’s Artists Summer Institute, and a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. Karim received his BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and  MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Theater from Naropa University at the London International School of Performing Arts. He is the Education Program Manager at the Guthrie Theater, and the Co-Founder/Head of School of the School for New Theatre.