Terry Knickerbocker

Studio Director

Kristan Brown

Operations 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.

Justin Cimino

Customer Service and Student Relations Representative

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. He was hired by UNICEF to use Zara Aina’s theater work to mobilize communities in Madagascar to fight polio. He has devised, written, and directed several original shows based on Malagasy folktales with Zara Aina’s Malagasy Youth Company. He has brought Zara Aina’s work to rural Southern Alabama, building original pageant-style shows with community members ages 4-84.

Justin has directed and taught clowning and the devised “moment work” of the Tectonic Theater Project at NYU Tisch, Columbia University, The Studio/NY, The Public’s Shakespeare Initiative, Terry Knickerbocker Studio, and Smashworks Dance Company. Recently Justin devised, wrote, and directed documentary theater pieces about a Jackson Heights hoarder, a triple amputee who runs a Hospice Center, and a 90-year-old woman who used to hunt Nazis. In the fall of 2018 Justin directed an all-female production of Schiller’s Mary Stuart for his theater company Pigeonholed, of which he is the Founder and Artistic Director.

In the spring of 2019, Justin received a SU-CASA grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to build an original piece of theater with senior citizens in Queens. In the summer of 2019 he devised and directed a hybrid clown//dance piece for TheaterLab’s Hotel New Works Residency and for The Tank’s LadyFest. This fall, Justin joins Irondale’s “To Protect, Serve, and Understand” program, which brings NYPD officers and NYC civilians together to create an original piece of theater.  


Allison Spence Brown

Social Media Manager

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.

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