About Us 

Founded in 2011 as a physical devised theatre ensemble, Animal Engine Theatre Company is dedicated to creating strange worlds with a relatable touch; bold works of performance that are clever, quirky, sharp, and new.

Since 2011 the company has created 5 major works: The Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular! (WINNER, Frigid New York Participant Pick Award): an absurd zombie circus where only the undead know what it means to be human; Age of the Android, a gleefully and historically innacurate immersive telling of Thomas Edison’s greatest invention, Petunia and Chicken (WINNER, Cincinnati Fringe Artists’ Pick Award and Frigid New York Festival Favorite Award), a Willa Cather inspired prairie love story told with only a hat, a scarf, and song; Dog Show, a French farce created out of animal ingenuity; and Darlings, a retelling of the Peter Pan story from the perspective of the parents.

Animal Engine is led by 2 artistic directors; husband and wife team Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown. New works are performed both in the company’s hometown of New York City, and across the country at festivals, theatres, and schools. The company is 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 is a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts and a therapeutic clown with Lev Leytzan. As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company she has co-devised and performed in every original production. 

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.