Tom Pearson is a poet, multi-media performance and visual artist, choreographer, director, and filmmaker whose work combines material culture and audience-centered narratives, taking the form of mixed-media projects that employ theater, art, choreography, and poetry as well as ceremony, artifact, and mythos to craft interactive experiences. He is known for his original works for theater, including the long-running, off-Broadway, immersive 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 director and curator for the Global Performance Studio, an international program for cultural listening and exchange. Tom has been named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work including two New York Dance & Performance (BESSIE) Awards and a Kingsbury Award for writing (from the Florida State University). His work has been commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow, La Mama E.T.C, Dance Theater Workshop, Arts Brookfield, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and others. He has also been awarded artist fellowships and residencies from CEC Artslink (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Bogliasco Foundation (Liguria, Italy), the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University (CT, USA), and Olin College of Engineering (MA, USA).
Artist Support Program 2022 (with Berette S Macaulay): UN-[TITLED], a site-specific, multi-locational intervention of gentrified cityscapes—exposing the loss of cultural spaces and community erasure through an audience-centered, experiential, and ritual performance.