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ANIMAL ENGINE makes old stories new.
We create plays, videos, and experiences that reimagine works of literature.

ANIMAL ENGINE makes old stories new.

We create and perform uniquely physical plays that reimagine classic works of literature for the stage.

About the company

Animal Engine is the collaboration between Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown. We are two movement-based theatre artists who met while training at the London International School of Performing Arts, and found that we had a shared love of reading.

Our mission is to make old stories new, by creating and performing uniquely physical plays that reimagine classic works of literature for the stage.

Working from a place of serious playfulness, we create our plays using research, improvisation, movement, and music. Fascinated with the simple act of storytelling, our plays are performed by just the two of us, with simple design elements, and are often accompanied by a live musician.

We believe in healing, that the artistic experience can help people learn and grow, so the characters in our plays persevere and become better versions of themselves in spite of difficult and often tragic circumstances. Our plays are also written for multigenerational audiences, because healing is as necessary for a child as it is for a grandparent.

Our plays have been called “hard to beat” by the Washington Post and “remarkably clever” by CityBeat Cincinnati. We perform and teach in our hometown of New York City, across the United States, and internationally at theatres, festivals, and schools.

Karim Muasher
Co-Artistic Director

Karim is an Arab American deviser, director, and teacher working at the intersection of performance and education.

With Animal Engine, he has devised and performed in every production. Among his other collaborations are daredevil clown Bello Nock’s Drama Desk award-winning show “Bellomania” at the New Victory Theatre and physical comedian Martin Gindick’s multimedia solo show “Wingman” at the United Solo Festival. He has taught theatre and devising at institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Guthrie Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Abrons Arts Center, International Thespian Festival, and Wingspan Arts. Karim is a graduate of Ithaca College, the London International School of Performing Arts at Naropa University, and a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

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Carrie Brown
Co-Artistic Director

Carrie is a deviser and clown interested in how playfulness can be used to tell meaningful stories.

With Animal Engine, she has devised and performed in every production. She has studied with master clown teacher Giovanni Fusetti, collaborated with clown Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros, Cirque Du Soleil) and performed as a clown at Cirque Off, tinydangerousfun, New York Downtown Clown Revue, and the New York Clown Theater Festival. Carrie has also performed as a therapeutic clown with Lev Leytzan, working with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. She 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). 

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Melinda Jean Ferraraccio
Resident Director

Melinda Jean Ferraraccio is a theatre artist, expressive arts facilitator, and yoga practitioner.

She uses intermodal arts therapy intervention approaches to performance, facilitation, and community outreach and has worked in a range of educational, therapeutic, and artistic settings. She holds a BFA in Physical Theater from Niagara University and an MA in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she studied with the founding members of the Pan Theatre. She has attended intensives at the School of Physical Theater in London and the New York Goofs Ultimate Clown School. She was a founding member and artistic director of the award-winning Brass Tacks Theatre Company in New York City. Her performance credits include: Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot(A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Here Arts Center (In the Belly of the Beast with Two Backs), and La Mama (Clowns Ex Machina). With Animal Engine, she has directed: Petunia and Chicken, Darlings, and the upcoming Rabbit.