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Tom Pearson, M.A.


Sketch Model Creative-in-Reference


M.A., Performance Studies (NYU)
B.F.A., Dance (FSU)
B.A., English Lit. (FSU)

Areas Of Interest

Immersive and Interactive Performance and Technology
Site-specific Performance
Art Installation and Environmental Design
Archetypal Psychology
Ritual and Performance
New Media


Bogliasco Fellowship in Theater (2019) in Liguria, Italy
Creative Campus Fellowship in Theater (2018/19) at Wesleyan University
Back Apt. Residency Fellowship (2018) in St. Petersburg, Russia with CEC Artslink
Commission from Lincoln Center Theater | LTC3
Brooklyn Magazine (2016) 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.
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Tom Pearson (Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Director) 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. He helms the Global Performance Studio, Third Rail’s international program for cultural listening and exchange. 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 (Back Apartment Residency), in the U.S. from the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University and in Italy from the Bogliasco Foundation. He has been named Creative-in-Reference for Olin College (2019-2020).His performance work can be viewed at and his published work is available at

Select Publications

The Sandpiper's Spell (Book 2018)
Various articles published in Dance Magazine, Time Out New York, etc. and Editor at The Public Theater's Native Theater Journal
Various inclusion in articles, dissertations, and textbooks (2001-2019)

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