Terry Knickerbocker

Studio Director

Kristan Brown

Studio Manager

Kristan received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she developed a passion for actor training and the Meisner Technique.  She has been an actor, stage manager, producer, bartender, events director, volleyball coach, P.E. teacher, and stitcher. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of FloodLight Productions, an immersive theatre company that produces work in both New York and San Francisco, and most recently served as the Production Management Intern at Ars Nova. Originally from Reno, Nevada, she obtained her BA in Theatre from Whitman College. Kristan is passionate about providing the support that students need to be the best artists they can be.

Sinead O'Donoghue

Student/Faculty Coordinator

Sinead moved from her native Ireland to New York to train as an actor. Her early interest in storytelling developed into an obsession with theater and the art of acting. Theater provokes an audience to reflect, and, hopefully, heal itself, both individually and as a community.

After many years of study, she came to understand that her passion was about people themselves, helping them to grow, develop, and realize their fullest potential.

This fascination with the human experience and growth has led her to study many modalities that invite self-exploration and self-awareness in order to help people and communities heal.

Sinead pursued her professional training as an actor with Terry Knickerbocker and completed the Two Year Meisner program. She earned her B.A in Theater from Empire State College and her Masters of Social Work with a focus in Psychotherapy from New York University. Sinead is also a certified Reiki healer and the founder of The Movement IaMheR, a platform that empowers women who have experienced sexual violence to share their stories of experience, strength, and hope.

Casey Denaro

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Casey Denaro is ecstatic to join the team at Terry Knickerbocker Studio. A producer, director, writer and social media wiz, Casey loves to contribute to art in anyway, shape or form. She has produced over thirteen films in the past two years and her directorial debut film Carl  is making it’s festival run. Carl is based off the true story of her father, Carl Denaro, who was shot and survived the infamous ‘Son of Sam’ shootings in 1976. She just received a National Board of Review Grant and the New York Women in Film & Television Emerging Female Filmmaker Award in 2017. Having worked diligently in the film industry for the past five years, she is excited and honored to be joining a team of such talented people at TK Studio.

Allison Spence Brown

Customer Service Representative and Contributing Writer

Allison Spence Brown is an actor, writer, musician, improvisor and sketch comedian. She is from Liberty, Missouri where she grew up playing in her family’s bluegrass band singing, playing guitar and mandolin. Usually she and her sister were forced to wear matching outfits.

Allison has studied the Meisner Technique and Scene Study with Terry Knickerbocker at William Esper Studio and Terry Knickerbocker Studio. She attended New York University’s International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam under the direction of TK staff member Kevin Kuhlke. Allison earned her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing, where she trained in several disciplines including the Growtowski Method. Her one woman experimental sketch comedy Senior Thesis, Rosemary Quinn Presents: A Night with Allison enjoyed a sold out run and was directed by TK Studio faculty member Sophia Amieva. During her time at NYU, Allison was a member of the university’s premier improv team, Dangerbox, performing at colleges and festivals around the country.

Allison has trained at several comedy theaters around the nation, including the Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC and LA), Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, The Annoyance and Kansas City’s Coterie Theatre. Allison’s one woman show Whoa-Man!: A Feminist Musical Sketch Show recently ended a year long run at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre (UCBLA). She has written for several online humor websites and currently produces her own online videos of original characters and songs, impressions and comedic web series.

Allison is based in Los Angeles, but has returned to NYC to continue studying with Terry. She also is a proud cat (Martina McBride) and dog (Gilda Radner) parent. As copywriter for TK Studio, she writes weekly Op-Ed pieces about her experiences as an actor, theatre maker, and student.

Lucia Sawh

Contributing Writer

Lucia is a multi-passionate actor, writer, activist, and graduate of Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Having spent her childhood in several states, while also traveling the world, she developed a keen interest in the stories and experiences of others. Paired with an early childhood dream to act, she decided to leave behind a corporate world to live her truth, and has been studying the craft since early 2015. Discovering where her passions lie, she has appeared on stage productions, short films, and is now writing a solo show about her experiences as a woman. Currently a third year student, Lucia is expanding her knowledge of film and television, movement, and continuing to produce her show.

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