Performing at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is an annual international festival (mid-June through August) that presents more than 50 dance companies in three performance venues, more than 200 free public events, exhibits, film screenings, dance classes and many other activities. All dance forms, styles and traditions are presented at the Pillow. 

Artists appear at the Festival by invitation from Executive and Artistic Director, Ella Baff. Artists may send video links of their work for consideration. 

Please do not send promotional videos. Send entirety of program and/or breadth of possibilities of work proposed, which may be mixed repertory or evening-length work(s). Only send excerpts of work(s) if they are envisioned as excerpts in the performance program.

Before sending video links, please review photos and technical specifications on the Pillow website for the Ted Shawn Theatre (620 seats), the Doris Duke Theatre (230 seats), and the Henry J. Leir stage (outdoor free venue, seating up to approx. 1,000).

For information on submitting work for the outdoor Inside/Out series, please click here

All work that is submitted to Jacob's Pillow will be viewed, but due to the amount of material received, we are not able to respond to all submissions personally.


Creative Development Residency Program
The Creative Development Residency (CDR) Program gives artists the opportunity to focus on creating new work or re-staging important work in the idyllic environment of Jacob's Pillow. 

Creative Development Residencies are by invitation from Executive and Artistic Director, Ella Baff. Artists may send video links of their work for consideration. 

CDRs are generally between September and the beginning of May, during the non-Festival months. The work created at the Pillow may be at varying stages of development, and may or may not be performed at the Festival. CDRs are typically one to three weeks. 

Artists are provided free housing on site at the Derby farmhouse, unlimited use of the Doris Duke Theatre and/or studio space, access to the Pillow's rare and extensive Archives, and other Pillow resources such as staff consultation and archival recording. An informal showing with an invited audience concludes the residency. 

The CDR program has supported hundreds of artists, including Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma; Big Dance Theater; Zaccho Dance Theater; Kate Weare; Kyle Abraham, Camille Brown; Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener; Suzanne Farrell; the Cambodian Project; Kimberly Bartosik; Monica Bill Barnes; Chet Walker; John Jasperse; Joanna Kotze; and many other artists.


Jacob's Pillow Dance Award
The Jacob's Pillow Dance Award was created in 2007 by an anonymous donor to recognize exceptional artists and support their ongoing artistic development. The artist receives a $25,000 cash gift to spend however they wish as well as the Award itself, created for the Pillow by noted artist Tom Patti. The Jacob's Pillow Dance Award is presented to the artist at the Season Opening Gala each June at Jacob's Pillow. For a list of Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipients, please click here.

For Artists

"Dancing at the Pillow was like being marooned in heaven." - Stephen Petronio

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