Tom Pearson

Tom Pearson is an artist working in written media and performance. 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. He is also the director of the Global Performance Studio, Third Rail's international program for cultural listening and exchange. Pearson’s work draws from depth psychology, archetypal studies, and deep dream practices as well as the story-medicine and ceremony of his native Tsalagi (Eastern Band Cherokee) heritage. He holds a master’s degree from New York University in Performance Studies, and he has received two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for choreography, a Kingsbury Award for writing from Florida State University, and a Visual and Expressive Arts/IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation and the Smithsonian 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. His published work is available at

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Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects