Matthew Albert (Performer) was born and raised in Maywood, New Jersey. He attended the Bergen County Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he graduated in 2009 with a concentration in Acting. In 2012, he received his BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently dancing with Brian Brooks Moving Company and has performed works by Kate Weare, Christopher Williams, Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, Sydney Skybetter, and Deborah Jowitt. He is also the Co-Founder of The Yomoco, a production company that he uses as a platform for artistic projects.
Eric Berey (Performer), originally from Baltimore, Maryland, received his B.F.A. in Acting from Emerson College in 2012. Since moving to New York he has performed and toured original works with GALLIM Dance, Catapult Entertainment, MADboots Dance Company, Peter Chu, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Eddie Peake, Roy Assaf, Colleen Snell, Brendan Duggan, Taylor Drury, and Jonathan Royse Windham. He spent his summers at Springboard Danse Montreal, ThePlaygroundNYC, and The Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston.
Rachel I. Berman (Performer) is a dancer and performer. In addition to Third Rail Projects, Rachel works with choreographers Sarah Michelson and Rebecca Warner. Rachel studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and at the University of California, Irvine where she received her BFA in performance and choreography. Rachel was grown on Maui. She lives in Brooklyn.
Erika Boudreau-Barbee (Performer) has a BFA in dance from Tisch at NYU. In NYC, she dances for Pilar Castro-Kiltz as a member and assistant for Ensemble Dance. In April 2015, she received a grant and premiered Inner Peaces for a solo exhibition at Tapir Lab Gallery in Berlin, Germany. When abroad, she hosts workshops both in movement and meditation at Takt Academy. Since 2013, Erika has been invited to be an artist in residence at Takt Gallery (Germany), at La Fragua (Spain), and has performed in festivals and exhibition openings in several countries. Although most of her work is movement based, she also has shown film, paintings, and created performance series with social and political context. erikabb.com
Andrew Broaddus (Performer) is an actor, dancer, musician, and juggler originally from Teaneck, NJ. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2007 and has been performing in New York ever since. Recently he’s been masquerading as a British rockstar in Megan Sipe’s Chocolate Dances and singing music from the Republic of Georgia with the choir Supruli, lead by Carl Linich, including a performance accompanying the silent film Eliso at MoMA’s Georgian film festival.
Kyle Castillo (Performer) is a Brooklyn based dancer. Originally from California where he performed most recently with the LA Opera and Santa Barbara Dance Theatre. He has had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limón, Christopher Pilafian, Nancy Colahan, and Eric Sean Fogel throughout Southern California since 2011.
Larry Daniels (Performer) has had the privilege of working with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Megan Bascom & Dancers, and is currently working with Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of California Santa Barbara where he performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Jennifer Muller, Austin McCormick, Christopher Pilafian, Nancy Colohan, and Mira Kingsley. Larry is originally from Murrieta, California where he began dancing at the age of 10 by competing both nationally and internationally in Irish step dancing.
Elisa Davis (Performer) is a dancer and scholar currently pursing a PhD in Dance from Temple University. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College and received her Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. She joined Third Rail Projects in 2015 and has performed in The Grand Paradise and Midnight Madness. She currently teaches for Temple University, Barnard College, and Arts Connection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics program. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with Meghan Frederick, Tze Chun Dance Company, Elisabeth Motley, and Jules Bakshi. Originally from Baltimore, she currently resides in Brooklyn.
Caitlin Dutton (Performer), originally from Georgia and a graduate of SUNY Purchase College, has danced and presented her work both nationally and in the UK before settling back in New York City in 2011. Caitlin has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nelly Van Bommel, Laurie Stallings, Richard Alston, Lane Gifford, Regina Nejman, and Jennifer Backhaus. In addition to Third Rail Projects, Caitlin also coordinates/curates various productions and runs her own dance company, caitlin+dancers. Her work has been shown throughout the New England area, London, and Georgia. For more information check out caitlinplusdancers.org.
Julia Galanski (Performer, Assistant Stage Manager Swing) is a Brooklyn based dancer. Outside of Third Rail, she works with Katelyn Halpern and Dancers. Julia received her BFA in Dance with a Minor in History from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to performing, Julia pursues her interest in production and is a faculty member at The Ridgefield School of Dance.
Gierre J. Godley (Performer) began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano and later attended Millikin University (BS in Biology) and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA). Gierre has worked with many choreographers while in NYC, most recently Matthew Westerby and Stefanie Nelson. He has been on faculty at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Fancy Feet Dance Studio, Summer Dance Lab and is currently a Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has been performing in various national and international venues since 2010. www.project44dance.org
Julia Jurgilewicz (Performer) trained in her home state of Massachusetts at The Gold School and earned her BFA at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She performed in Don Giovanni, Aida, and Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, and in works by Mark Dendy, Johannes Wieland, Jillian Pena, LEVYdance, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, Dishman + Co., and The Anata Project. She has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland and the Black Box Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Julia presents her own choreography with RedCurrant Collective throughout NYC. Currently, Julia dances with Third Rail Projects, Liz Gerring Dance, and Erica Essner Performance Co-Op.
Julia Kelly (Rehearsal Director/Performer), a Virginia native now hailing from Brooklyn, is a performing artist, director, and choreographer. She holds a BA in Dance and Theater from Barnard College/Columbia University. Julia has performed in dance, theater, opera and film projects with, among others: Jonathan Riedel, Benn Rasmussen, Andre Zachery, the VIA Dance Collaborative, Daniel Fetecua Soto (Colombia), Geraldine Cardiel (Mexico), Lior Shneior (Israel), Opera Slavica, and the Gallery Players. Julia is an alumna of the Limón Institute’s Intensive certificate program and subsequently performed the work of Doris Humphrey, JoséLimón and Anna Sokolow, most recently with the Limón Dance Company in Beijing, China, and at Lincoln Center.
Roxanne Kidd (Performer) is a dancer and teaching artist now residing in Brooklyn. As an alumna of Florida State University, with her BFA in dance, she teaches performance and dance for the arts education program LeAp. She has also performed in other Third Rail Projects' works including Marrow, Yolk, and House No. 17. Roxanne is currently continuing the pursuit of her own artistic endeavors in New York City.
Mary Madsen (Assistant Rehearsal Director / Performer) is a dance artist based in Brooklyn. Originally from Wisconsin, she holds a BFA in dance from the University of Milwaukee-WI. Mary has been a performer in Third Rail Projects' Then She Fell since 2013, and also currently dances with Jody Oberfelder Projects. Past artists she has worked with include: Megan Bascom, Regina Nejman, Rebollar Dance Theater (D.C.), Kelly Anderson (Chicago), Simone Ferro (Milwaukee), and Elia Mrak (Seattle). Mary also makes dance films and teaches improvisation based musings through Movement Playdates. (Photo by WOWE)
Lauren Muraski (Performer) is an actor/dancer from NJ. With a BFA in dance, BA in sociology, and recipient of the JS Seidman Award from NYU Tisch, she has performed nationally and internationally in dance, theater, film/TV, and commercials. She was an original company member of BAC's Hell’s Kitchen Dance Tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Aszure Barton. She has worked with Austin McCormick's Company XIV, Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Jonathan Riedel, Danielle Russo, toured with The Aluminum Show, and was a member of Castle Shakespeare Repertory Company. On screen she has been in numerous features and shorts (IMDB for credits), on Sundance Iconoclasts, and ID Discovery Deadly Sins series.
Taylor Myers (Performer) landed in New York after spending time in Macadamia, Cyprus, and Aberystwyth. He studied architecture, voodoo horticulture, and the tabla at the Bangalore School of Music before finding acting and dancing as a means for happiness. Favorite roles include Hercules in Pericles, Emperor Palpatine in Timon of Athens, and both of the noble kinsmen in Two Noble Kinsmen. www.rollthebonestheatre.com
Jenna Purcell (Performer) grew up dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Literature and minor in Dance/Theatre from UC Santa Cruz, where she had the pleasure of working with Tandy Beal, Mark Franko, Sommer Ulrickson, and Ted Warburton. She has performed with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company, Donofrio Dance Company, Mare Nostrum Elements, Beth Liebowitz & Artists, ChrisMastersDance, Megan Bascom & Dancers, and Anne Zuerner. In addition to Third Rail Projects, she currently dances with caitlin+dancers.
Joshua Reaver (Performer) has been collaborating with Third Rail Projects since 2013. During this time, Joshua has performed in the long-running immersive hit Then She Fell, collaborated in the creation of The Grand Paradise, assisted in the creation of As Time Goes By in Russia, and performed in multiple short-term projects throughout the New York area. In his spare time, along with working administratively for Third Rail Projects, Joshua freelances as a dancer as well as a technologist collaborating in various technological mediums including video editing, graphic design, photography, and web design.
Edward Rice (Performer), holds a B.S. and an M.F.A in Dance Performance from Illinois State University and the University of Iowa, respectively. He has performed professionally since 2007 (Brian Brooks Moving Company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Laura Peterson Choreography, Elephant Jane Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, NYC, among others). He has worked with Third Rail Projects since 2012; Then She Fell (performer) The Grand Paradise (performer, directing team), Learning Curve (directing team) and is the company’s Business Manager. He has taught dance and performance both nationally and internationally.
Kim Savarino (Performer) is a Brooklyn based performer. She has worked with The Foundry / Alex Ketley, Lauren Slone, and Harper Addison and studied under Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, and Summer Lee Rhatigan. In addition to performing, Kim works as the Communications Associate at the MAP Fund, advocates for dance as a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, and is a City Rocks Mentor with the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and graduated with a BFA in dance summa cum laude with honors from Florida State University. Kim was born in California and raised in West Virginia.
Alex M. Schell (Performer), a native North Carolinian, is a performer, choreographer, and eternal optimist. She graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance. In addition to Third Rail Projects, Alex dances and acts as a rehearsal director for MATYCHAK (Nathalie Matychak, artistic director). Outside of performance, Alex is an arts administrator at Pentacle, a non-profit organization driven to provide flexible and affordable management support for the arts community. You can learn more about Alex at - http://alexmschell.wixsite.com/create
Julie Seal (Performer) is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She began her training at the American Ballet Studio under the artistic direction of Kathleen Kairns- Scholz. Julie attended Hofstra University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A in dance and a minor in Psychology. While attending university, she worked with choreographers including Doug Varone, Nathan Trice, Bebe Miller, Niles Ford, and Giada Ferrone. Since relocating to NYC, Julie has performed works by Mark Dendy, Erica Essner, Suzanne Beahrs and Megan Bascom. She is currently working with Elizabeth Dishman and Robin Becker.
Mackenzie Sherburne (Performer) was in the original company of Sweet & Lucky with Third Rail Projects and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed regionally at the Denver Center in Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet and Death of a Salesman. Other favorite productions include: The 39 Steps, Avenue Q, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, As You Like It and Gruesome Playground Injuries. She holds a BFA from NYU. www.mackenziesherburne.com
Jessy Smith (Performer) is an American dancer. Born in Hudson, Ohio, Smith’s passion for dance led her to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed for Patricia Birch, Lady Rizo, Larry Keigwin, Josh Prince and Angie Pontani, among others. Cast as the White Queen in 2012 for Third Rail Projects' Then She Fell, Jessy has since been featured in ongoing company works and commissions. Film and television credits include Boardwalk Empire, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! and Lingerie Fashion Week 2015 for vintage brand Secrets in Lace. Her trio, The Good to Go Girls, present their bubbly dance acts at nightlife venues across the city. www.jessy-smith.tumblr.com
Samuel Swanton (Performer) is a Brooklyn based movement and performance artist. Originally from Holden, Maine, he attended the Walnut Hill School and recieved his BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Beyond Third Rail Projects, Samuel can be seen performing with Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Pat Catterson, and Lindy Fines. He also produces his own work and was a 2014 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence.
Jennifer Sydor (Performer) described as "dazzling" by The Boston Globe and "remarkable for her intense focus and vivid dramatic skill" by The New York Times, has worked with choreographers John Carrafa, Doug Elkins, David Parker, John Heginbotham, Jill Sigman, Stefanie Nelson, Nia Love, Janice Lancaster, Sharon Moore, Ben Asriel, Janessa Clark, to name a few. She has toured internationally as a dancer with Fischerspooner, in collaboration with The Wooster Group. Jennifer is in her ninth season as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera where she has worked with Tony Award winning directors Mary Zimmerman, Michael Grandage and Bartlett Sher. She currently works with Laura Peterson Choreography and Vanessa Walter's Ripening.
Jeff Sykes (Performer) began his formal training at North Carolina School of The Arts. He studied at The Juilliard School, where he created works with Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman, Jill Johnson & Ohad Naharin. Professionally, Sykes has danced with Ballet Hispanico, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Company XIV & The Metropolitan Opera. As a choreographer, he has presented works at Judson Church, The Philadelphia Fringe, Princeton University & The Juilliard School.
Niko Tsocanos (Performer) is a performer and choreographer in dance and theater. He received his BA from Bennington College in 2011. Niko is a co-director of BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group, a multi-disciplinary collective making work for stage and installation, with whom he has created and performed in Red Light/Green Light/Blue Light/Biped…(or BIRDWAVE), Cthulhu’s House of Z, ZOOM Thousand Time, and Screen Eyed Baby Ice. Niko has also had the pleasure to work with Susan Sgorbati and Elliot Caplan, Dishman + Co, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Annette Herwander, Bradley Teal Ellis, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Becky Radway Dance Projects, and Catherine Galasso.
Charly Wenzel (Performer) is an award winning choreographer based in NYC. Her work has been presented in Germany, at Judson Church, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, BAAD, Cunningham Theater, Citigroup Theater and other venues. Her dance films have been screened at film festivals worldwide and won awards for Best Dance Choreography and Best Experimental Film. She was the Associate Artistic Director of Naganuma Dance and she is the Rehearsal Director of Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance. Charly danced for Naganuma Dance, Keila Cordova Dances, Regina Nejman, Bodystories, LolaLola Dance Theater, Soul Movement, Shadowbox Theater and others. www.charly-wenzel.com
Madeline Wilcox (Performer) is a dancer and performer living in Brooklyn. She has danced for Sarah Michelson, Jody Oberfelder, Jillian Peña, Suzanne Beahrs, Jessica Gaynor, Kendra Portier, Ashleigh Leite, the Median Movement, Robert Ashley (in the experimental opera That Morning Thing), and in Andy deGroat's reconstructed work with Catherine Galasso. She currently works with choreographers Sarah Michelson and Jillian Peña in addition to Third Rail Projects. She received her BFA from Arizona State University before relocating to New York City in 2011.