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Our vision

Animal Engine creates learning and community through storytelling.

Our mission

Animal Engine makes old stories new, devising new theatrical works that reimagine classic works of literature for the stage.

Our history

Since 2011, Animal Engine has been turning classic literature on its head with their deceptively minimalist, physically expressive style. They 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 two artistic directors; partners Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, both graduates of the London International School of Performing Arts. New works are performed both in the company’s hometown of New York City and throughout North America at festivals, theaters, and schools.

Karim Muasher, Co-Artistic Director.

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

As founding Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company, he has created and toured original devised works inspired by classic stories. 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 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 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. Carrie has also performed as a therapeutic clown with Lev Leytzan, working with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. As Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company she has co-devised and performed in every original production.

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