|_____ Zach Morris _ Tom Pearson _ Jennine Willett|
"...a sort of Terpsichorean perfect storm" Los Angeles Downtown News
|About Third Rail Projects
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___-"major points for visuals, as well as for some very enthusiastic players." Sundance Channel
Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett is dedicated to reframing dance and performance and bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, dance theater, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments. Collectively, Third Rail artists have been granted commissions, support, and residencies from presenters, organizations, and foundations including: Arts Brookfield, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama ETC, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The American Music Center, The Lucky Star Foundation, and Materials for the Arts, among many others. Third Rail artists have also received numerous awards including two 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for Vanishing Point, a 2001 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Choreography from the Present Company, and others.
Third Rail Projects celebrates its Tenth Anniversary season in 2011/2012 as it continues to recontextualize art and performance in alternate formats. Third Rail began in 2001, originally founded by Pearson, Willett, and Brian Weaver as Third Rail Dance. In 2003, Weaver began pursuits abroad and relocated to Milan, and in 2004/2005, collaborator Zach Morris joined as Co-Artistic Director, maintaining the governing structure of Third Rail as a trio of collaborating Artistic Directors. In 2007, the company incorporated as Third Rail Projects LLC and broadened its mission to embrace performance and art-making possibilites beyond dance; however, the group has maintained a strong physical and movement-based vocabulary in all of its theatrical works and installation and immersive environments.
Third Rail Projects Artistic Directors
___-"expect the unexpected" Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
Third Rail offers single master classes, multi-sesssion workshops or intensive residencies focused on composition, performance technique and/or the collaborative creation of new works for participating students and communities. Click through to our Education Page to learn more.
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Zach Morris (Co-Artistic Director) is a choreographer, director, visual artist and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. He is also the organizer and moderator of the NYC Dance Film Lab, a Movement Research teaching artist, and an adjunct faculty member of the Florida State University School of Dance. He has previously served as the Co-Creator and Co-Director of the Westbeth New Works Program and as the Inter/National Program Associate at Dance Theater Workshop. Zach has a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. Check Out Zach's Full Bio Here.
Tom Pearson (Co-Artistic Director) is a choreographer, visual artist, and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Florida State University School of Dance and has choreographed, performed, lectured and taught for more than a decade in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, and others. He is also a writer whose work has been published in Dance Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Dance Spirit and through the Public Theaters Native Theater Journal and interviews for NYU's Hemispheric Institute. Tom holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Check Out Tom's Full Bio Here.
Jennine Willett (Co-Artistic Director) is a choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. She has choreographed, performed and taught throughout Poland, Germany, Russia, and the U.S. and has served as an Associate in Performance at Swarthmore College and as a guest teacher at Sam Houston State University and the Limon Institute. She has also served as a contrib uting editor to Dance Europe Magazine and is a Medical Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer with an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. Check Out Jennine's Full Bio Here.
___-"The Third Rail Projects family of artists are not only collectors of quaint and quirky artifacts, as they assemble for their
___-installation works, but also collectors and connoisseurs of the living spirit within places,things and people."
____ Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody
Marissa Nielsen-Pincus (Associate Artistic Director) has worked in a wide variety of contexts including site specific performance, aerial dance, interactive media, and film. She is a founding member of Third Rail Projects (2001), and currently serves as its Associate Artistic Director. Her own choreography has been presented at The World Financial Center, Chashama, and La Mama E.T.C., and her dance film, BeWing, is slated to premiere in 2012. Marissa studied contemporary dance at the London Studio Centre, is a certified Somatic Movement Educator through the School for Body Mind Centering®, and teaches yoga and anatomy around NYC. She lives in Brooklyn with a man and two cats.
Elizabeth Carena (Managing Director) is a performer, installation artist, and arts administrator. Since 2007, she has served as Third Rail Projects' Managing Director and has worked as a collaborator and performer in Strangers on Tong Chong Street, The Drifting Encyclopedia, Undercurrents & Exchange, The Steampunk Haunted House, Looking Glass, and Then She Fell. As an administrator, she served as Capital Associate at Theatre for a New Audience from 2007-2012. As a musician, she performs and records with the NYC pop cock-rock band Mother Feather: motherfeather.com. She studied at Fordham University at Lincoln Center (BA in Theatre), the British American Drama Academy in London, and HB Studios in New York. She lives in Brooklyn.
Stacie C. Fields (Programs Assistant) is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her pursuit of adventure and knowledge brought her to NYC where she is excited to join Third Rail Projects. Stacie's work as both a choreographer and performer have been seen in venues and art festivals all over the Southeast including Picolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC and American College Dance Festival where she was chosen to represent Coker College three years in a row. She is currently a founding member of Brooklyn Tabernacle Dance Ministry where her heart is for outreach and ministry. A South Carolina native, she now lives in the magical land of Brooklyn.
Debra Beardsley (Production Manager) is a freelance stage manager and production manager as well as a budding producer and entrepreneur. She thrives on managing many types of productions, including plays, musicals, concerts, opera, cirque shows, cabarets, and events. She holds a BA in Theatre from Stetson University and worked as a stage manager for dolphin and whale shows at SeaWorld, Orlando for three years. She began working with Third Rail Projects in 2009 as Stage Manager for the Steampunk Haunted House. When not managing theatre, she makes craft items for her Etsy store: yumeleona23.etsy.com.
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