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.

Ana Cristina Schuler

Studio Assistant

Ana Cristina Schuler is a Latina, Austin raised producer, actor, and writer. She is a founding member of a New York theatre company “What Will the Neighbors Say?” with the mission to provoke questions through untold stories. She received her B.F.A. in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She also trained at the Stella Adler Shakespeare Conservatory. Recent credits include: The Diana Tapes, A Room For Lost Things, Infernal Machine, and Interludes in Birdsong. When Ana is not acting, she’s playing piano, learning new instruments, and choreographing movement pieces. Recently she’s been immersing herself in the world of clowns.

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.

Russell Sperberg

Contributing Writer

Russell is an actor, theatre maker, and writer living in Brooklyn. He’s proud to be the Staff Writer for Terry Knickerbocker Studio. During his time in New York, he has had the privilege to work with theatres and companies including En Garde Arts, New Dramatists, The Bushwick Starr, The Tank, Ugly Rhino, Hard Sparks, Everyday Inferno, This Is Not A Theatre Company, and Dark Day Players, a company he cofounded in 2015. He has performed regionally with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Stonington Opera House. He received his BA in Theatre from Whitman College and has also studied at the British-American Drama Academy and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts. Russell is committed to seeking out and sharing the weird, wonderful stories of the world.

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