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.
Who We Are
Karim Muasher (Co-Artistic Director) 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. Notable collaborations include working with daredevil clown Bello Nock on “Bellomania,” and physical comedian Martin Gindick on “Wingman.” He is the recipient of a Queens Council on the Arts grant, and a graduate of LMCC's Artists Summer Institute. As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine he has been involved as either a deviser, performer, director or writer in every production. Karim has taught theatre performance and devising to elementary school students with Wingspan Arts, middle school students with Brooklyn College Community Partnership, and high school students as part of Animal Engine's school touring program. He currently teaches public speaking to college students at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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 also studied with master clown teacher Giovanni Fusetti and assisted clown Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros). She has also made her mark on the New York clown scene with performances at Cirque Off, tinydangerousfun, New York Downtown Clown Revue, and the New York Clown Theater Festival. As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company she has co-devised and performed in every original production.