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.
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.