TOM PEARSON, Director of Third Rail International and the Global Performance Studio, is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects 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, and was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
ZACH MORRIS, Co-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects, is a Bessie Award-winning director and choreographer whose work includes site-specific performance, video and installation art, dance/theater, and immersive performance environments. He is co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise. Zach is particularly interested in creating projects that place contemporary art and performance in non-traditional contexts. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with the support of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies. Likewise, 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.
MARISSA NIELSEN-PINCUS is a performing artist, teacher and founding member of Third Rail Projects. Since 2011 she has been Third Rail Projects' Associate Artistic Director and is also the Rehearsal Director for Then She Fell. Originally from Portland, OR, Marissa studied contemporary dance in London at the London Studio Centre and moved to NYC in 2001. She is a certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and teaches immersive performance skills and Body-Mind Centering® classes and workshops both nationally and internationally. She lives in Brooklyn with a man and a cat.
JOSHUA REAVER, a graduate of Florida State University with a B.F.A. in Dance, has been collaborating with Third Rail Projects since 2013 on long-running immersive hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise. During this time, Joshua has also worked on a multitude of other immersive and site-specific works with the company nationally and internationally, most recently traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia to assist in the creation of As Time Goes By. In his spare time, along with being the Marketing Associate for Third Rail Projects, Joshua freelances as a technologist collaborating in various technological mediums including video editing, graphic design, and web design.
RENATA ZHIGULINA is an actor and performer from Saint Petersburg, Russia, currently based in NYC and LA. Introduced to the profession of acting at the age of 10, Renata embarked upon 6 years of intensive conservatory acting training starting in Saint Petersburg, continuing at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) London; New York Film Academy (NYFA) and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Deeply drawn to the power of Shakespeare's language, Renata formalized her study of English classical text with British voice coach, author, and theatre director Patsy Rodenburg. Since 2010, Renata has performed in various theater, film and dance productions in New York City. Inspired by immersive, interactive, and site-specific performances, she was a member of international experimental theater ensemble "Dzieci" which utilizes techniques garnered from Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Theater Laboratory, Eugenio Barba and Peter Brook. She has performed with such immersive site-specific companies as Punchdrunk (Sleep No More) and Third Rail Projects. In the past 5 years she is been discovering the world and culture of Argentine Tango, both in U.S. and Buenos Aires. She is currently exploring the intersection of immersive interactive performance and tango.