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THIRD RAIL INTERNATIONAL


THE GLOBAL PROGRAM FOR THIRD RAIL PROJECTS

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THIRD RAIL INTERNATIONAL


THE GLOBAL PROGRAM FOR THIRD RAIL PROJECTS

A NEW PROGRAM FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Third Rail Projects is proud to announce its newest program, Third Rail International, which houses the Global Performance Studio. GPS supports the development of international site-specific and immersive performance, and cultivates opportunities for artists to become leaders of diplomacy through shared practice, dialogue, collaboration, and community building–all within a framework of cultural listening and peer-to-peer artist exchange.

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Global Performance Studio


EDUCATION + EXCHANGE | PROCESS + PERFORMANCE

Global Performance Studio


EDUCATION + EXCHANGE | PROCESS + PERFORMANCE

cultural listening and shared practice

"I think that’s what’s particularly unique and powerful about the way that Third Rail Projects works, is that it’s a true collaboration... you’re coming up with these ideas together, and so it’s a true cross-cultural exchange." – Susan Katz, CEC Artslink

The Global Performance Studio is an international nexus of collaborators, presenters, festivals, and supporters that fosters larger circuits of globally-minded, artist-led site-specific and immersive performance activity. Regional artists and international visitors devise projects together and present them to local communities in multiple cities around the world.

GPS’s mission is to respond to the participating artists, the site, and the context of the time in which they meet, conducting workshops that share Third Rail's processes and practices used in the creation of their award-winning site-specific and experiential works. Local and regional participants are asked to bring their own methodologies and points of inquiry to enter into collaborative dialogue. Out of these workshops, cohorts conceive, develop, and present original experiences, with opportunities for extended performances and/or adaptations to new sites.

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ConnectIon


SUPPORT, ORGANIZE, AND CREATE WITH US

ConnectIon


SUPPORT, ORGANIZE, AND CREATE WITH US

GPS as a responsive creative model

For more information about Third Rail Projects' availability for international offerings and programs, including: educational and creative residencies, site-specific and immersive work, festival engagements and community building, cultural exchange, and more – send us an inquiry and start a conversation. GPS excited by short form (1-3 weeks) or long form (1-3 months) engagements, designing new work with new communities in new sites, partnering with existing programs, or creating new ones. The Global Performance Studio is a responsive model and is continually growing and shaping around current world-wide interests in public art work, site-specific and immersive forms. GPS welcomes the opportunity to intersect with presenting partners, government agencies, and funding organizations in multiple areas, and its focus is on growing a forum for art to lead the way, to speak artist-to-artist, and to nurture broader collaborative communities, all within a framework of cultural listening and peer-to-peer exchange.

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Collaboration


ARTISTIC TEAM & INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS

Collaboration


ARTISTIC TEAM & INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS

Who we are

The Global Performance Studio is led by Tom Pearson, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. Tom and members of Third Rail Projects' artistic team and company – along with international collaborators and organizations – work together to produce projects around the world. To see our full lust of collaborators, supporters, and participants, visit our projects and partners pages. And, visit thirdrailprojects.com for more information on the company and full artistic team behind Third Rail Projects and Third Rail International.

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TOM PEARSON is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, Director of the Global Performance Studio (Third Rail International), and co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise. He is the recipient of two New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) awards, a Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian’s IllumiNation award for his work in native theater, The Kingsbury and Cody Harris Allen writing awards, and others. Tom holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.  He was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine, and his work has been described as “movement that simmers with unusual psychic static” by The New Yorker, '“wonderfully inventive” by The New York Times, and “thrilling” by The Village Voice.  His work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, La Mama E.T.C., Dance Theater Workshop, Arts Brookfield, and Lincoln Center, among others. He is interested in mythos and magic, archetypes and depth psychology, as well as ceremonial and ritual experience. His work draws from these as well as his Tsalagi (Eastern Band Cherokee) heritage and its focus on right relationship and story as medicine. 

ZACH MORRISCo-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects, is co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, Sweet & Lucky, and most recently Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater. Zach's work includes site-specific performance, multimedia installation art and environments, and experiential performance. He is particularly interested in creating projects that place contemporary art and performance in non-traditional contexts. Zach has been honored with numerous awards, including two BESSIE awards, and was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.  His work has been presented nationally and internationally with the support of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies and he has had the pleasure of teaching, mentoring, and creating new platforms to support the work of artists both at home and abroad.  Zach holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

JENNINE WILLETT, Co-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects, is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer, director, performer, and visual artist and co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise. She has performed, choreographed, and taught nationally and internationally since 1997, working in eastern Europe for several years prior to moving to New York and co-founding Third Rail Projects with Tom Pearson. She spearheads the company’s educational offerings, teaching and coordinating workshops that share the artistic directors' methods for creating Third Rail's award-winning works, both in-house and in partnership with colleges, universities, and other organizations. Jennine holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University.

GLOBAL COLLABORATING ARTISTS

Visit our Projects pages to meet the teams behind each individual GPS project.