Terry Knickerbocker

Distinguished Teacher

Terry Knickbocker

Terry is a graduate of The Experimental Theatre Wing in the Drama Dept. at New York University. After graduating from NYU, Terry trained as an actor and a teacher with William Esper. He taught at The William Esper Studio for 25 years.  He now heads his own acting conservatory in Brooklyn. He has taught at the Experimental Theatre Wing since 1986. He has also taught directing at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and Yale University. Other essential teacher/mentors include Maggie Flanigan, Rina Yerushalmi, Steve Wangh, Terry Hayden, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Jackie Brookes, Mary Overlie, Ryszard Cieslak, Jerzy Grotowski, Pierre Lefèvre, Moshe Feldenkrais, Dr. Louis Ormont and Dr. Harry Fogarty.

He has coached actors on over 300 films, television and theater projects, both on and off-Broadway and regionally. He also consulted with playwrights and screenwriters on their scripts. Some of the actors he has worked with and trained include Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Boyd Holbrook, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Bibb, Emmy Rossum, Yul Vasquez, Jordana Spiro, Gillian Alexy, Gretchen Mol and many others.

A past recipient of the Drama League of New York’s directing award/fellowship for emerging directors (The Director’s Project), Terry is also a former member of Circle Rep’s LAB. His directing credits include many new works as well as contemporary and classical plays such as, Measure for Measure, Tartuffe, The Normal Heart, Candida, All My Sons and David Rabe’s In the Boom Boom Room.

Theatres and production he has had the pleasure to work with include Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Place Theatre, LaMaMa, E.T.C., The Mosaic Theatre/92nd Street Y, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), Yale University, Circle Repertory Theatre Company’s LAB, West Bank Cafe Theatre Bar and the John Houseman Theatre. As an actor, he was a member of Rina Yerushalmi’s Teatron Company at La Mama E.T.C., and acted in numerous productions directed by Anne Bogart. Terry continues to direct and act.


MA (Pending) NYU Drama Therapy