The How is an NYC-based performing arts ensemble, composed of artists of various disciplines from around the world.

Polina Ionina is a Kazakh-born actor and director. Polina has performed extensively with the Grotowski-based theater group Dzieci , the immersive theater workshop PlayLab with Jeff Wirth. A major influence on Polina’s thinking and practice comes from her time spent in Kyrgyzstan studying the meditative techniques of Sufi Whirling.


Will Hand is a theater maker and presenter, with a background in various international theater forms. He seeks out new collaborators wherever he can to continuously explore and push the limits of what theater can be and do.


Rand Faris is an actor from Jordan, and has worked on various film projects in addition to working with The How.

Rand Faris

Akmal Rakhimov hails from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Before moving to NYC, Akmal was a leading actor in the Ilkhom Theatre’s repertory where he worked with, among others, legendary Moscow director Vladimir Pankov and his ensemble SounDrama.

Akmal Rakhimov

Aimée Niemann is a violinist, noise maker , and improviser.

Aimée Niemann
Musician and Curator

Laura Bowler is a composer and vocalist specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. A Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she teaches on the MA in Opera Making course, and at the Royal Northern College of Music, she is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera.


Ofri is an Israel-based dancer and actor.


Sarah Heywood-Rakhimova is a Montreal-born actress based in Brooklyn. Sarah is a graduate of the Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil School of Drama in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Sarah performed in the theatre’s repertory in Russian and English, and devised a solo performance based on her travels in Tashkent that she performed at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC in September 2014.

Lucie Vítková 

Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, harmonica, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic, and 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts nominee in category of Music. Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement.


Alejandra is a Brooklyn-based actor, with an MFA from RADA.

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