Education

“A no-pressure environment where you could move at your own pace… allowed us to create our own movement recipe, a great lesson in composition.” – Bushwick Daily News

Educational Offerings

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Third Rail Projects offers workshops that share the tools and methods employed in our creative process, emphasizing the skills we have been developing while making our contemporary dance, site-specific, and immersive works. Capturing the spirit of collaboration that is the foundation of our work, our courses bring artists of all backgrounds and mediums together to explore topics through experimentation and discourse.


For more information about our educational offerings or to schedule a workshop, contact Third Rail Projects at info@thirdrailprojects.com.


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2016 Workshops

All workshops take place at  The Kingsland Ward @ St Johns 195 Maujer Street (in Williamsburg) Brooklyn, NY 11206 map


Choreography: Storytelling with the Body Wednesday September 28 12-3pm 3 hours for $40 Click here to sign up Led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, this three hour workshop explores ways to craft choreography as a means of storytelling. Participants will work independently and collaboratively to explore ways of weaving together movement, gestures, and motifs to create dances that are resonant, whether the narrative is linear or fragmented. Applying different directives of intention and focus choices, we will experiment with deepening and clarifying the meaning in our choreographic material. A dance or physical theater background is suggested.


Immersive Performance Skills: Shifting Landscapes Friday October 7 12-3pm 3 hours for $40 Click here to sign up This three-hour workshop, led by long-standing company member of Third Rail Projects Rebekah Morin, focuses on building the spatial awareness needed when performing in for site-specific and immersive works. Dancing through a crowd at a street festival, leading and following fellow performers across vast distances, and guiding an audience, all require a heightened awareness of a constantly shifting landscape. Participants will play with movement scores that explore various non-verbal ways of leading and following, listening and responding, and group decision making. A dance or theater background is not required, but a willingness to move and explore is a requisite.


Immersive Performance Skills: Duets Friday October 14 12-3pm 3 hours for $40 Click here to sign up Led by Third Rail Projects company member Rebekah Morin, this three hour workshop focuses on duets and one on one audience interaction. Listening and responding to one person has different goals and challenges than ensemble work. Participants will explore their spatial relations, visual focus, and the exchange of energy when engaged in duets using a variety of movement scores and games. A dance or theater background is not required, but a willingness to move and explore is a requisite.


Past Projects:

Primary Stages Workshop Creative Lab: Immersive Theater Directing February – April, 2015 Led by Jennine Willett, this 5-week, hands-on directing lab was designed to create work that engages the audience and blurs the fourth wall. This was an opportunity for directors who want to explore these new, popular forms while working on their feet in a collaborative environment.  Over the first four sessions, they learned the methods and tools developed by Third Rail Projects when making their experiential theater productions, and then applied these skills, step by step, to their own directing projects.


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Albany Park Theater Project August 11th – 17th, 2014 Last summer, Third Rail Projects’ Co-Artistic Director Jennine Willett along with company members Marissa Nielsen-PincusEdward Rice, and Carlton Cyrus Ward visited Chicago to share the company’s immersive performing techniques with APTP’s youth ensemble. The residency culminated in a 40-minute showing that took audiences on an immersive journey into a Chicago public high school. Although the showings were only meant to be outlines of ideas, they were received with so much excitement and such an overwhelming audience response that both companies decided to continue the collaboration and use these sketches to devise a new work for APTP’s youth artists.  Now entitled Learning Curve, this collaboration between Third Rail Projects and Albany Park Theater Project will continue to develop, culminating in a full-length and fully-produced immersive performance that will premiere in the summer of 2016.


53“THIRD RAIL” THURSDAY – Materials for the Arts July 24th, 2014 Jennine Willett led a workshop at Materials for The Arts sharing the ways that MFTA has been a source of materials as well as inspiration for the environments found in many of Third Rail Projects’ projects. Using materials found in the warehouse that day, participants created mini-immersive environments and installations and used them as inspiration to build theatrical scenes.


Performance at the Center July, 2014

Performance at the Center was a two week summer institute, held at Columbia University’s Teachers College, that brought high school students and teachers together to co-create a multimedia production inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Jennine Willett (Co-Artistic Director) and Julia Kelly (Company Member) shared Third Rail Projects’ methods for generating movement material from a text, teaching participants how to use the body to enhance meaning through choreography and ways to integrate this into their performance.


Third Rail Projects in Hong Kong 2010

Watch the 2010 documentary of Third Rail Projects’ site-specific workshops and performances in Hong Kong. Led by Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Directors Tom Pearson and Zach Morris, participants organized by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation collaborated to create a site-specific, immersive dance theater work for the Bethanie, a former French sanatorium in the mountains of Pok Fu Lam.


Press Coverage

Dance Enthusiast - May Workshops with Third Rail Projects‏ Dance Enthusiast | May 2014 Dance MagazineFeeling the Rush By Jen Peters | Dance Magazine | March 2011 The Student Standard - Room to manoevre By Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation | The Student Standard | April 12, 2010 CUP MagazineInterview with Tom Pearson and Zach Morris CUP Magazine Issue 099 | April 2010 Florida School of the Arts’ College Connection - FloArts alumni return with seasoned advice College Connection | April 2009 South China Morning PostStudents step up to dance with the professionals  By Liz Gooch | South China Morning Post | December 8th, 2007 Hong Kong Economic JournalUrban Dance Festival Body beautiful By Gigi Lam | Hong Kong Economic Journal | December 4, 2007 South China Morning Post - Dancing in the Streets By Rebecca Tsui | South China Morning Post | November 11, 2007