TOM PEARSON is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, Director of the Global Performance Studio, 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. 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.
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.