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


Katherine Banos

Social Media Manager

Katherine Banos is an actor/writer/producer, who is a proud graduate of the two year conservatory program at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Katherine earned her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, studying at both the Experimental Theater Wing and Stonestreet Studios. She has extensive experience in entertainment and the arts, working for companies such as NBCUniversal, Panoramic Media, Tom Green Productions, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Scott Rudin Productions. You can learn more about her at katherinebanos.com.


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.


Marena Dunnington

Studio Manager

Marena is a Brooklyn-born and based Theatre Educator, Director and Arts Administrator. In 2017, she earned an MA in Applied Theatre (Drama in Educational, Social, and Community Settings) from Goldsmiths University of London, following a BA in Theatre with a dual-concentration in Directing and Performance Studies from Muhlenberg College. Since then, Marena has been teaching drama and managing performing arts programs at public charter schools, while also directing new works whenever possible. She is also the founder of Kahilu Performing Arts Workshop (KPAW), a non-profit theatre camp for youth in rural Hawaii, where her family moved when she was entering high school. She’s proud to say this program still thrives today, twelve years later. Marena’s fervor for theatre education at every level fuels her enthusiasm for her work at TKS, where she is thrilled to be collaborating with like-minded staff, faculty, and students who share a deep commitment to their artistry.


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.