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.
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.
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.
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.