SPOTLIGHT: OCTOBER 2, 2023
MEET TOM PEARSON.
Tom is a multi-media artist: a poet, choreographer, performance and visual artist, director, and filmmaker, known primarily 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 director and curator for the Global Performance Studio, a program for cultural listening and exchange.
"The Florida School of the Arts was the perfect place to start a creative exploration, offering a holistic environment to develop a multi-genre sensibility of inter-connected practices in the arts."
Tom studied acting, dance, and music at the Florida School of the Arts (AS in Acting 1994) and returned to teach dance in summer 1999. Tom holds an MA from New York University in Performance Studies and A BFA in Dance and BA in Literature from the Florida state University (where he also taught as an adjunct faculty in the School of Dance). He has been named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
He has received various accolades for his work, including: two New York Dance & Performance (BESSIE) Awards, the Kingsbury and Cody Harris Allen Awards for writing from the Florida State University, an IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation, three Reader Views Literary Awards for his book of poetry and art Still, the Sky, and several international film festival awards for his collaborative experimental short film, "The Night Garden". He was a contributor and featured artist for the Emmy Award-winning series "IMMERSIVE.WORLD" by ALL ARTS.
Additionally, his company, Third Rail Projects, has been recognized as part of the creative team of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning virtual reality adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Wolves in the Walls", as a recipient of the Chita Rivera Award for Choreography for "Ghost Light" at Lincoln Center Theater’s LTC3 at the Clare Tow Theater, and with a Drama Desk Awards Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience for "Midsummer: a Banquet".