Thank you for your interest in performing on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

The selection process for the 2014 Festival is now complete. Due to the overwhelming volume of applications received we are not able to provide individual feedback on applications that were not accepted.  

Applications for the 2015 Festival will be accepted on a rolling basis. The 2015 Festival will be June 24-August 30, 2015. The deadline to apply to perform is October 31, 2014. 

Performances take place at The Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Both the audience and performers are surrounded by nature and the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Hills. 

Performances are free and open to the public.They are geared toward educating audiences about dance in an informal way, giving the opportunity to all people, regardless of their financial means, to experience dance. The audience is seated on low wooden benches. The audience includes both experienced dance-goers who attend the Festival on a regular basis, as well as newcomers to dance. Inside/Out attracts a multi-generational audience from children to teens, young professionals, families, and elders. Anywhere from 200-1000 people attend each night.

Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights throughout the Festival. Performances begin at 6:15pm and must be completed by 7:00pm. The duration of the artist's program is approximately 35 minutes, including all pauses and costume changes. The performance is followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience. 

The stage is 40' wide by 28' deep, with a slight rake. It is a dance floor covered with white Rosco flooring. There is an area for costume changes underneath the stage and out of view of the audience. The stage is lit only by the natural light of the outdoors. There are no wings, curtains, lights, or masking. There is a good sound system. Two crew members coordinate all technical needs and run sound during the performance. Please click here for additional technical specifications.

In the event of rain or threatening weather conditions, Inside/Out moves indoors to a studio, approximately 35' wide by 25' deep. Chairs are set up for the audience. 

Inside/Out artists receive a small honorarium, meals in the Stone Dining Room (our resident cafeteria) and, when available, tickets to either a Ted Shawn Theatre or Doris Duke Theatre performance. Jacob's Pillow does not provide transportation. 

All Inside/Out performances are videotaped and become part of the Pillow Archives. Artists are given a complimentary copy of their performance to use for non-profit promotional purposes. The following credit is required on the video and all publicity materials: Inside/Out Series at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. 

If you are interested in performing on Inside/Out in 2015, please send the items listed below by October 31, 2014. 

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please do not mail DVDs. 

We are interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, including culturally specific dance forms and dance-theater in addition to classical and contemporary choreography.

Please send: 

1) Proposed work(s) to be performed, with running times. Video of complete works should be submitted online via YouTube or other video hosting site. This should amount to 35 minutes of performance material including any necessary pauses. 
2) A short biography of the company. 
3) A short biography of the Artistic Director. 
4) The number of company members that will perform in the program you propose. 
5) Any unusual technical needs, keeping in mind that your presentation must be appropriate for the outdoor venue, and that the performance moves indoors in the event of rain. 

The 35 min running time of your program can include one work, or several different works, or excerpts of several different works. Please send full-length footage of the proposed works; edited promotional videos or video clips will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Complete applications should be submitted via email to
Each year we receive an overwhelming volume of highly qualified applicants. For this reason we ask for no phone calls please. Acceptance of your application will be acknowledged via email. The series line-up will be announced publicly in April.

Thank you for your interest in performing at Jacob's Pillow.

Inside/Out Participants & Artist Submissions

The 2015 deadline date for Inside/Out artist submissions is October 31, 2014.

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