Rachel Abrahams (Performer) is from Oyster Bay, New York. She received her BFA in Performance and Choreography from The California Institute of the Arts in 2009. After returning to New York City, she danced for Shen Wei Dance Arts, BODYART Dance, and Jessica Gaynor Dance. Rachel is a founding member of Bryn Cohn + Artists and has performed with FUERZABRUTA both in New York City and abroad. When not in the studio, Rachel is likely teaching and practicing yoga or, if the the weather is right, competing in another triathlon.
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.
Lia Bonfilio (Performer) is a performing artist and licensed massage therapist. She has been a Third Rail Projects company member since 2013 when she joined the cast of Then She Fell. Since then she has collaborated on several projects with TRP, including Sweet & Lucky, for which she developed an original role and acted as rehearsal director. Since receiving a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, Lia has performed for Lucky Plush Productions, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Joe Goode Performance Group, Peter Carpenter, Philippa Kaye, Levi Gonzalez, and Susan Rethorst. In 2012 Austrian director, Sina Heiss, created an evening-length one woman dance theater show for Lia, which she toured in Europe. Lia comes from Minnesota and lives in Manhattan.
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
Giulia Carotenuto (Performer) is a dance artist and arts administrator hailing originally from Rome, Italy. Since moving to NYC in 2008, she has worked with a variety of artists, including Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Pavel Zustiak (Palissimo), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. In addition to Third Rail Projects, Giulia is currently a member of the Faye Driscoll Group and the making of Ms. Driscoll’s trilogy-in-progress, Thank You for Coming.
Andrew Chapman (Performer) has been a performer since donning his mother's tights and staging Nutcracker suite duets with his brother at the age of three. From musicals at Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida, a BFA in Dance from the Florida State University, and five years of creative magic in New York City he is now thrilled and thankful to be a member of Third Rail Projects' "The Grand Paradise." Andrew Chapman is sore. He is appreciative. He can't stop sharing his love of performing through life's greatest stages.
Elisa Davis (Performer) is a dancer and scholar currently pursing her PhD in Dance from Temple University. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College where she double majored in Dance and American Studies and received her masters in Performance Studies from New York University. She currently teaches for Arts Connection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics program. She has had the pleasure of working on dance projects with Tze Chun Dance Company, Elisabeth Motley, Meghan Frederick, Jules Bakshi, and zoe|juniper, and has performed works by Aszure Barton, Ori Flomin, David Parker, and Gabri Christa. She has also dabbled in choreographic work and music video performance. Originally from Baltimore, Elisa currently lives in Brooklyn.
Jake Ely (Performer) was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. An avid athlete, Jake played a season of varsity football at Tulane University before beginning his training in theatre and dance. He graduated from Tulane with a BA in International Relations and minors in Dance & Spanish in 2014. He has had the pleasure of dancing with Brit Falcon/FalconDance, Karl Rogers//Red Dirt Dance, B.S. Movement, and Third Rail Projects.
Benjamin Freedman (Performer) was born in Tampa, FL and began his formal dance training at the age of 15. He graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and Psychology. Following graduation, he went on to join the Mark Morris Dance Group as a full-time dancer, touring and teaching internationally. He is currently a company member of Keigwin + Company, Sean Curran Company, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Dance at NYU Tisch.
Amy Gernux (Performer) is a Western MA born, New York-based performer and artist with great love and enthusiasm for dance theater, improvisation, and the blues. She has performed at BAM Fisher, Joe's Pub, Danspace, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, The Invisible Dog, Dixon Place, Roulette BK, JACK, Bates College, and festivals throughout New York and New England. She performs regularly with The Feath3r Theory and B.S. Movement, and is one-half of a two-piece folk/blues outfit, Greasy Slax. Amy and band mate Skyler Volpe write original tunes and cover everything from Americana to Rihanna. In 2013, Amy received her BA with Honors in Dance (magna cum laude) from Connecticut College where she also studied visual art. www.amygernux.com
Gierre J. Godley (Performer) is a dance artist currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre attended Millikin University where he received a BS in Biology and in 2010 he received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Gierre has worked with many choreographers while in NYC, most recently Matthew Westerby and Stefanie Nelson. Gierre 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
Joseph Dale Harris (Performer) was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Joseph came to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for Musical Theatre, and received his BFA from New School University. He trained in dance with :pushing progress Contemporary training program under the direction of Calen Kurka and Chris Hale, in which he performed original works by Calen Kurka, and Bryn Cohn. Joseph has performed regionally in productions such as Cats (Mistoffelees), A Chorus Line (Don), and Honk! (Ugly). In New York, Joseph has performed in numerous productions, most notably in Elizabeth Swados’ Kaspar Hauser: A Foundlings Opera at the Flea Theatre. Joseph is a member of Haberdasher Theatre Co.
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.
Madison Krekel (Performer) is a freelance performer, musician, and activist originally from Oakland, CA. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, where she was a member of the renowned Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, and performed works by Jodie Gates and Charles Moulton. Now living in Brooklyn since 2010, she currently performs with Vanessa Walters, Katy Pyle’s Ballez, Mark Lamb Dance, and tours internationally with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company’s Untitled Feminist Show. You can also catch her new band, Snatch Attack, performing around NYC—check us out here.
Justin Lynch (Performer) is from Kingston, Jamaica. He has performed with Elisa Monte Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, the Austrian-French-Belgian performance collective Superamas, in several reconstructions of works by Merce Cunningham, and many others. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Boston University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and leads a double life as a lawyer when not dancing. His own work has been presented at venues such as Judson Church, 92nd St Y, Dance New Amsterdam, and a corridor in a Vienna dormitory. (Photo: Berette Macaulay)
Krista Morgenson (Performer) was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she first began her creative endeavors, most pointedly in dance. She went on to continue her professional training with the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College where she was an Adopt a Dancer Scholarship recipient and the honoree for the Bert Terborgh Dance Award. Krista has had the pleasure of performing works by Gregory Dolbashian, Nelly van Bommel, Damani Pompey, Xie Xin, Shannon Gillen, and Doug Varone among others. In September of 2014, Krista was invited to spend a month in Shanghai, China rehearsing and performing with DLab Dance Company in their annual contemporary dance festival, Invisible Cities. Since moving to New York City, she has performed in New York Fashion Week with Shannon Gillen/Amanda Phelan and joined LoudHoundMovement in September 2015.
Taylor Myers (Performer) landed in New York after spending time in Bangalore, Cyprus, and Aberystwyth. He studied mathematics, architecture, 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
A native North Carolinian, Alex M Schell (Performer) 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.
Bre Short (Performer) hails from Southern Maryland. She trained at the Boston Conservatory and received her BA in Dance from Point Park University. While in Pittsburgh, Bre worked with a variety of artists including The Pillow Project, Gia Cacelano, Maree Remalia, David Bernabo, and Reed Dance. She was awarded an artist residency at PearlArts Studios and performed a featured role in In Medias Res’ film I’m a Stranger Here Myself. Since relocating to Brooklyn in 2014, she has worked with Nadine Bommer and The People Movers.
Bryan Strimpel (Performer), a native Michigander, is the Co-Artistic Director for B.S. Movement. The company has presented its work throughout NYC since in 2012. Bryan is a graduate of Wayne State University (2011) with a B.F.A in dance. He has performed and taught around the world in places such as: Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia as well as throughout NYC. He has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, and thefeath3rtheory. Bryan teaches regularly in NYC and is honored to have been selected as one of Dance Magazine's 'Top 25 to Watch' for 2013.
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.
Jake Szczypek (Performer) Originally hailing from New Haven, CT, Mr. Szczypek began his movement career studying gymnastics and springboard diving for the majority of his childhood and adolescence. Discovering dance in his teens, he went on to receive a BA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Working as a freelance dancer in NYC, Jake has danced with many wonderful artists over the years, and has had the privilege of performing in the works of Neil Greenberg, David Dorfman, Ezra Caldwell, Doug Varone, Jeanine Durning, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Williams, and several others. Mr. Szczypek was most recently a company member with Alison Chase/Performance, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company, and Mary Seidman & Dancers. Currently, when not performing with Third Rail, he can be seen dancing for Liz Gerring Dance Company and Douglas Dunn & Dancers.