Terry Knickerbocker Studio Staff
Terry Knickerbocker Studio staff are our fearless leaders—they guide the high-level development of programming, courses, and so much more behind the scenes to keep our studio at the forefront of New York acting studios.

Meet the Staff

Christopher Jewels-Booth

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Christopher Jewels-Booth is an award winning actor, writer, and illustrator whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, on Comedy Central, Disney +, and heard on NPR. He has headlined the Denver Improv Festival, the Miami Improv Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival and his solo shows The System, The Bowhead Whale, and KaBOOM! have been official selections at NYC Solocom. His illustrations have been seen in the pages of Atomic Comics and Big Guy Comics.

Christopher is a playwright in residence for the A Collective Theater group, with whom he premiered his radio show War of the Worlds: Mosaic. Christopher is also the host of the storytelling show Bar Tales and Blowhards. In the admissions world Christopher has proudly served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and as the Director of Admissions at the Atlantic Acting School. You can follow his illustration work on instagram @thechrisbooth.

Ashley Hughes

Director of Operations

Ashley received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training at Playwrights Horizons and the Experimental Theatre Wing. She went on to receive her MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. Most recently she completed a thirteen year tenure at Blue School, a pre-school and elementary school founded by the original members of the Blue Man Group and their partners, where she served as the Director of Program Development and Operations. She holds a certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School. She lives in Brooklyn with her two children.

Justin Cimino

Director of Community Engagement and Alumni Affairs

Justin Cimino received his BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training at the Meisner Studio. He has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway and in many other productions in NYC. He has workshopped solo work under Austin Pendleton at The Directors Company. He has been a teaching artist for 15 years. He is currently the Artistic Director for Zara Aina, a nonprofit organization that brings theater to at-risk communities in Madagascar and the United States.

Kevin Kong

Student Service and Operations Coordinator

Kevin is an actor who received his BFA in Music and Computer Science from New York University, and is also a graduate of the TK Studio 2-Year Conservatory Program. When he’s not slinging it out as a young actor, you can find him holed up in a movie theater, on the dance floor, or curled up inside a good book.

Hope Morawa

Social Media Manager

Local funny gal Hope Morawa is a performer, writer, and social media manager haunting the Gowanus Canal. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, she received her BFA in Theater Performance from Wayne State University in 2014, and currently splits her time working with TK Studio and pestering comedians at littlefield performance + art space for their web assets. On the off chance she has “free time,” you can find Hope hosting trivia and bingo around Brooklyn, thrifting, in a dance class, or going over time at open mics.