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Musical Theatre: 1776 from 21st Century Voices
Creative Team led by Choreographer/Director Jeffrey Page
July 18 – August 7 | At the Pillow
Creative Team includes Alex Wakim, Brisa Areli Muñoz, Courtney Ross, Crystal Monee Hall, David Chase, Jill M. Vallery, Robin Gee, and more | Read about the Artist Faculty
For 22 early-career, company-ready, or advanced-level musical theatre dancers who are women, women-presenting, and gender non-conforming folx; minimum age 16. Dancers will need to meet Jacob’s Pillow COVID-compliant protocols, which will be announced in 2022 and subject to change pending new developments.
“As director/choreographer of the Musical Theater Performance Ensemble at Jacob’s Pillow, my aim is to create space where dancers can explore the ways in which music, dance, and character development come together to create heightened and full-bodied art that digs deep and interrogates unquestioned societal norms. Through themes within Sherman Edwards and Peter Stones’ musical 1776, we will raise questions about the culminating events surrounding the formation of the United States of America and its call for and declaration of independence. Who was included and excluded? Who do we celebrate? And how did these events change and shape history? This is an exploration of embodied cognitive dissonance and will fearlessly investigate perceived gender roles and how the dancing body makes a statement of its need to be included, seen, felt, and heard.” ~ Jeffrey Page
Weekly performance opportunities enable the Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble to share the numbers and ideas generated during collaborative rehearsals; informed by preparations occurring for a Broadway revival of 1776, co-directed and choreographed by Jeffrey with Diane Paulus. The first and second program weeks conclude with informal work-in-process showings in The School’s Perles Family Studio. The third program week concludes with dancers appearing on the iconic outdoor stage before a live, and live-streamed, audience. All presentations are part of the Jacob’s Pillow 90th Anniversary Festival Celebration.
Studio days begin with technique, improvisation, storytelling, and character development classes. The remainder of the day is spent in creative development rehearsals or workshops and seminars that support that process. Artist Faculty will provide in-depth coaching and mentoring to strengthen dancers’ artistic voices and help them develop as distinguished performer-collaborators in the field.
The Jacob’s Pillow School Experience is a full immersion in the stamina, perseverance, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and creative voracity required to live and work as a dance professional. This international, conservatory style studio curriculum extends far beyond the studio day. It also includes:
- Discussing Dance Works curated for viewing from the Jacob’s Pillow Archive
- Career-building Seminars on achieving the momentum needed to confidently and resiliently forge ahead in the field
- Assignments connected to the choreographic process or camera techniques for dance film or social media postings
- Attending 90th Anniversary Season performances, talks, and other events occurring on two stages and across the Jacob’s Pillow grounds
- Researching personal dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives
- Building a Career Network for your future from interactions with peers, staff, artist faculty, artistic directors, company members, dance supporters, audiences, community members, and visitors
Together, these experiences instill artistic growth, an artistic point of view, and a vision of the possibilities that exist in dance; all the while building an influential career network.
Open the sections below to learn what you need for a competitive application.
2022 Musical Theatre Application Deadlines & Notifications
Jan 14 at 12am/midnight EST | Early Deadline | $40 processing fee
Mar 11 at 12am/midnight EST | Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee
After Mar 11 at 12am/midnight EST | Rolling Basis* | $50 processing fee
The School at Jacob’s Pillow is continuing to accept and review applications on a rolling basis. We are particularly welcoming applications for our Musical Theatre and Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion programs.
Admittance status will sent by email on a rolling basis if spaces are available.
- Clicking APPLY NOW takes you to Acceptd, our application portal where you will upload materials described below.
- Review the Application Guidelines located there in order to submit a complete and competitive application.
- Before submitting, review your work carefully, as only complete applications are considered for acceptance.
- If you need any assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Application Materials to Upload
- Audition Video
Footage must be of clear viewing quality and preferably shot within six months, or as recent as possible, prior to submission. Videos shot outside of a studio, perhaps in a home, garage, or other setting are fine. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional type videos are not reviewed. Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified. Use one of the following file types to successfully upload your video(s): MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, and WEBM.
- Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
- Your name and current affiliation
- Why this program is important for you this year
- What you are showing on your reel
- Technique sampler, 8 minute maximum
- Center floor grand pliés, extensions, and balances
- Across-the-floor progressions with turns, jumps, and leaps
- Females must be in heels for musical theatre dance portions of video
- Include a brief tap dance, even if beginner level
- Sing 16 bars of two songs, from standard American musical theatre works, using only the microphone on video camera
- Monologue or spoken word of your choice (1 minute)
- Performance sampler, 8 minute maximum
- In-studio footage is preferred over performance footage
- Provide a table of contents, identifying names of works and choreographers for 2-3 variations, improvisations, and/or repertory excerpts
- In group footage, please identify how viewers will know which dancer to observe
- Excerpts should demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles
- 30 second freestyle movement, showing your style and specialty.
- Written Statement 500 words or less
- Influences on your current dance work and artistic goals
- Career aspirations and experiences desired to reach them
- How you envision this program impacting your vision of yourself as an artist
- Headshot (required)
- Dance Shot (optional)
- If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
- Be ready to list the name, title, phone, and email of a dance teacher or artist who has agreed to write a Letter of Recommendation. On receipt of an email from Acceptd on behalf of Jacob’s Pillow, he/she/they should be prepared to address the following:
- Technical and performance artistry
- Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level classes, rehearsals, performances before the public, and evening responsibilities
- Ability to interact, and live, responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community
- Be ready to list the name, title, phone, and email of a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work with staff if needed.
- If you are a dependent, all financial information provided must be for your parent/guardian(s).
- U.S. and international dancers are eligible for scholarships.
- Read Program Fees & Scholarships for program fees, expenses covered by scholarships, amounts distributed, and named scholarship opportunities.
- The Scholarship Application is easily found within the Program Application.
- If you need any assistance, contact email@example.com.
Scholarship Application Materials To Upload, if applicable
- Statement of Need – up to 500 words suggested, yet we understand circumstances applicable to your situation may require more than 500 words.
- Describe your current financial situation and why financial aid is necessary
- Provide clear and accurate information about your current income and/or employment
- List previous scholarships, awards, and/or financial aid received
- Proof of Income
- Federal Tax Form, 2020 and/or 2021, page one only, for yourself, or your parent/guardian.
- If exempt from filing, or a non-U.S. resident, combine earning statements for July, October, and December 2021 into one PDF document.
- Support Documentation
- Combine evidence that substantiates your Written Statement of Need into one PDF document. Examples are: child care invoices, debt counseling statements, financial aid records, food stamp registration, hospital invoices, rental agreements, scholarship award copies, tuition payment record, etc.
Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship Awards are available to make your participation possible; apply within the Program Application. Learn more here.
Jeffrey Page is an opera and theatre director of both classical and contemporary works. As director and choreographer, he spearheaded the 2015 and 2018 Tokyo productions of the musical Memphis, which received four Yomiuri Award nominations, including Best Musical.
Meet Madison Embrey, 2017 Musical Theatre Dance and Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence Recipient
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