About Us

The Brouhaha Theatre Project investigates different relationships between the audience and performers in strange and exciting spaces. Our work is ensemble-based and multi-disciplinary, often interspersing found text with live music and dance. 

Founded by Nick Auer and Max Pendergast in 2015, Brouhaha aims to connect artists of many disciplines to devise new plays and performances. We love making theatre that is bizarre, rowdy, and provocative.


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Nick Auer


Co-Artistic Director

Nick Auer is a director, stage manager, performer and sound designer.  In 2015, he co-founded The Brouhaha Theatre Project with Max Pendergast and has co-directed Brouhaha's first three productions: Tunnel Odyssey (Prospect Park), Wrestling with Lesbians (The Tank), and R&D (Dixon Place, The Keep).  Other directing highlights include an immersive adaptation of Apollinaire's early surrealist play The Breasts of Tiresias, staged in a suburban home.  He also works with experiential dance-theater company Third Rail Projects and has been an Assistant Stage Manager on The Grand ParadiseGhost Light (LCT3), and Behind the City. He has a BA in Theater with a focus in Directing from Bates College. 


Max Pendergast

Co-Artistic Director

Max Pendergast founded The Brouhaha Theatre Project with Nick Auer, and co-directed its first three productions: Tunnel Odyssey, Wrestling with Lesbians, and Research & Development. Other Directing credits include The Castle of Perseverance, The Pirates of Penzance, and Black Cat Lost by Erin Courtney. Stage Management credits include MYTHO? (Abrons Art Center), BLDZR the musical (The Triad), I’m Bleeding all over the Place: A Living History Tour (La Mama), And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid (The Kitchen), The Egg Progect (Fringe NYC), and Billy the Kid (Mount Tremper Arts).

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Dan Kuan Peeples 

Company Member

Dan Kuan Peeples is an actor and a writer. He most recently appeared in Brooke O'Harra's I'm Bleeding All Over the Place (2016, La MaMa), John Jesurun's Shadowland (2015-16, La MaMa), Jeff Weiss and Richard C Martinez's And That's How the Rent Gets Paid (2015, The Kitchen)and Brouhaha Theatre Project's Tunnel Odyssey (2016). Writing credits include: Wrestling with Lesbians (2015, La MaMa) and Tunnel Odyssey (2016). He is a graduate of the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program and the recipient of an Honors Thesis in Theatre at Bates College.


Sam Myers

Company Member

Sam Myers grew up on the scrubby plains of central Wyoming, studied English at Bates College, spent a semester developing a screenplay at FAMU in Prague, and then landed in Brooklyn. He did dramaturgical work for the Public Theatre in Lewiston, ME, and has since worked as a playwright's assistant in New York City and as the Literary Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. He is currently Terrence McNally's assistant. He appeared in and wrote Brouhaha's Research & Development.


Hanna Allerton

Company Member

Hanna Allerton is a performer from New York City who majored in Theater and Environmental Studies at Bates College. She recently performed in The Brouhaha Theatre Project’s Research & Development and Tunnel Odyssey. Before that, she appeared in Jeff Weiss’ And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid at The Kitchen. Other stage performances include The Summer in Gossensass, The Castle of Perseverance, Big Love and A Doll’s House. She currently works at Success Academy and is a member of the Friend’s Committee at the non-profit New York Cares.


John Goodman

Company Member

John Goodman is a performer and web developer currently living in Brooklyn. His performing background is mostly comedy and improv, and he's worked with the Brouhaha Theatre Project since the beginning
on R&D.


Lydia O'Brien

Company Member/ Culinary Director

Lydia O'Brien graduated from Bates College with a degree in English and a minor in Theater, with a brief hiatus studying Italian food culture during her semester in Rome. Since Bates, she has worked as an assistant to Julia Sherman, author of Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists; taken courses at the Institute of Culinary Education; and launched her own website, Little Manhattan Kitchen. Lydia now works in cookbook publishing at Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press, imprints of the Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. She has designed the menus for the Brouhaha Immersive Farm Dinner, an ongoing project, and for the 2017 Benefit.