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Global Performance Studio


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Global Performance Studio


A PROGRAM FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE

 

The Global Performance Studio is an international program of Third Rail Projects that is dedicated to creating work through collaboration, developing new site-specific and experiential performances, and speaking and engaging with communities around the world. GPS cultivates opportunities for Third Rail and local artists to become leaders of diplomacy through shared practice, dialogue, and community building–all within a framework of cultural listening and peer-to-peer artist exchange. The premiere project of the Global Performance Studio is Libraría, a multi-media, iterative film/visual art/performance that pops up around the world.

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Global Performance Studio


PROCESS | PERFORMANCE | EDUCATION | EXCHANGE 

Global Performance Studio


PROCESS | PERFORMANCE | EDUCATION | EXCHANGE 

cultural listening and shared practice

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

"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

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


WORKING WITH ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD

ConnectIon


WORKING WITH ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD

GPS as a responsive creative model

For presenters, curators, and festivals: 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, Libraría, and more – send us an inquiry and start a conversation. GPS is 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 the Global Performance Studio.

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TOM PEARSON (Director, Global Performance Studio) is an artist working in dance, theater, and performance as well as film, poetry, and visual media. He is best known for his original works for theater, including the long-running immersive theater hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, and as a founder and co-artistic director of the New York City-based performance company Third Rail Projects. Pearson’s work draws from depth psychology, archetypal studies, and deep dream practices as well as the ceremony of his native Tsalagi (Eastern Band Cherokee) heritage and its focus on right relationship and story as medicine. He holds an MA from New York University in Performance Studies, and he has received two Bessie Awards for choreography, a Kingsbury Award for writing, and an IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian for his work in Native Theater. Pearson was recently named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine and awarded artist fellowships in Saint Petersburg, Russia from CEC Artslink, in the U.S. from the Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University; and in Italy from the Bogliasco Foundation. He has been named Creative-in-Reference for Olin College for 2019-2020. His published work is available at tompearsonnyc.com.

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ZACH MORRIS, Co-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.

 

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JENNINE WILLETT, Co-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects, is a director, choreographer, educator, and creative consultant. She is co-creator of the critically-acclaimed immersive theater productions of Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise in Brooklyn, Ghost Light in Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater, and Learning Curve, a collaboration with Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago. At the helm of Third Rail’s education initiatives, she has worked with numerous academic intuitions and arts organizations nationally and internationally, teaching courses that attract artists of many disciplines and cultivating a learning environment that encourages experimentation and collaboration. She has been honored with two BESSIE Awards, a Chita Rivera Award, and was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. 

GLOBAL COLLABORATING ARTISTS

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

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