Administrative Fellows Program

Jacob’s Pillow created the Administrative Fellows Program to provide paid professional development experiences in Company Management, Community Engagement, Administration, Marketing, Production, The School Programs, and Programming. Fellows are integral members of department teams and are charged to uphold the organization’s work standards, ethics, and policies. Fellowships begin on October 1 of each year and end August 30 of the following year, with the exception of the Program Fellow which starts on September 10.  Priority is given to Festival interns.

Fellows are provided with entry-level job experience that includes learning opportunities such as:

  • Utilizing collaboration and teamwork to meet department and institutional goals while experiencing the cycle of work from public Festival programs, as well as researching, developing, and planning programming that engages choreographers, companies, scholars, area schools, community members, and others on a deeper, more exploratory level.
  • Tailor-made opportunities for professional development that focus on skill building, goal creation, and achievement. Examples include video production, development, networking with local organizations, informational interviews with department heads at peer organizations, and much more.
  • Development of project management skills including the opportunity to gain year-round insight and hands-on experience toward the management of a department’s project development process.
  • Opportunities to collaborate across departments, sit in on board meetings and board committee meetings, regular mentorship opportunities with department heads, participation in on-going, cross-departmental events and projects of interest.
  • Exposure to the inner workings of Jacob’s Pillow, an internationally celebrated center for dance education, research, development, performance, and engagement.
  • Opportunity to build management skills in communication and delegation by overseeing Festival (May-August) interns.

Fellows receive:

  • $450/week stipend paid bi-weekly.
  • Opportunities to attend In Process showings at the Pillow Lab, Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® residencies, and performances presented in association with our affiliated partners such as MASS MoCA and The Mahaiwe are available October through May; with full immersion in Festival events, including seeing performances, available June through August.
  • Free, shared housing on site during the Fellowship period.
  • Meals included during the pre-Festival and Festival periods of mid-May through August
  • 10 days flex time (sick, vacation or personal Holiday) to be scheduled with advance approval and not taken consecutively between October and April.
  • Jacob’s Pillow also observes the following Holidays during the Fellowship calendar:
    • Columbus Day
    • Thanksgiving Holiday – Wednesday before and Friday after Thanksgiving
    • Holiday Break – Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day
    • Martin Luther King Day
    • Presidents Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Please note: July 4 occurs during the Festival and is not considered to be a holiday for Jacob’s Pillow Employees

Fellows are required:

  • To have a car September to June.
  • To work five days/week October through May and six days a week June-September.

Get to know our current 2018-19 Administrative Fellows below:

Megan Burgess | Company Management Fellow

Megan Burgess is a dancer and arts administrator originally from Western New York. As a recent graduate from The College at Brockport with a B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in Communication Studies, Burgess had the opportunity to combine her love of modern dance with the way in which people communicate on an interpersonal and organizational level. Burgess is also passionate about world travel. Having traveled to 11 countries, she is intrigued by the way in which dance unifies people of all backgrounds. She recently completed an internship with the American Dance Festival, working as the Schedule and Faculty Intern under Shannon Drake, and she is excited to continue growing and learning as the Company Management Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow.

Marissa Finkelstein | School Programs Fellow

Marissa Finkelstein graduated from Muhlenberg College in May 2018 receiving her B.A. (Honors) in Dance and Business Administration. Finkelstein’s choreography has been shown at Muhlenberg College, Florence University of the Arts, Triskelion Arts, and the American College Dance Association. During her senior year, Finkelstein taught creative dance in public schools in Allentown, Pennsylvania and conducted research on culturally relevant pedagogy in competitive dance settings. Finkelstein interned with the New Jersey State Council of the Arts in 2017 and was a School Programs Intern at Jacob’s Pillow in Summer 2018. Currently, the School Programs Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow and a Teaching Artist at Berkshire Pulse, Finkelstein hopes to eventually establish her own dance company devoted to creation, performance, and educational outreach.


Derek Keifer | Production Fellow

Derek Keifer is excited to be joining the Pillow this season. His background is in theatrical design and production with an emphasis in lighting. Keifer received a B.A. in Music from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, and an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Ohio University.  While at Ohio University, he has had the pleasure of working with both the School of Theater and School of Dance. This experience has left Keifer eager to use his knowledge and training to benefit dance production. Keifer’s design work has been seen in Northern Pennsylvania, Southern Ohio, Western Massachusetts, New York, and Washington D. C. Keifer most recently finished a summer season as the Lighting Intern at Barrington Stage Company. 

Lydia Murray | Intern Program Fellow/Assistant to the Deputy Director

Lydia Murray Headshot

Lydia Murray is a graduate of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she performed for Pope Benedict XVI with MOMIX and danced lead roles in The Nutcracker and Spring Gala. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Marist College, and has attended summer intensives on scholarship at Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispánico. Her dance modeling work has appeared in Oprah Magazine and the Huffington Post, among others. Murray served as a Program Assistant at Marist College, where she aided in coordinating study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and several other cities worldwide. She recently interned on scholarship at American Ballet Theatre, where she assisted the Associate Director of Education and Training.

Julia Timko | Community Engagement Fellow

Julia Timko is a performer and writer who recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Theatre Arts. While at U of M, Timko worked as a workshop facilitator for the Prison Creative Arts Project, doing theater and creative writing with incarcerated men and women in southeast Michigan. As a performer she has been involved with various groups; including the Rude Mechanicals, The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and Avon Players. Prior to arriving at the Pillow, she worked in elementary special education, supporting students in an autism classroom. She is deeply passionate about making arts accessible to all kinds of communities and is thrilled to be doing that work as the Community Engagement Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow.

Clayton Willis | Program Fellow/Assistant to the Director

Clayton Willis graduated in May of 2018 with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Art History from George Mason University. Professionally, he has served as a Company Management intern and Ted Shawn Circle Concierge and Board Liaison at Jacob’s Pillow before taking on his current role as Program Fellow/Assistant to the Director. Additionally, he has worked with organizations such as The Washington Ballet, Taubman Museum of Art, the Southwest Virginia Ballet, and the Jefferson Center Jazz Institute. A native of Roanoke, VA, Clayton has dedicated his personal and professional life to advancing art forms, especially dance, through both performing and administrative roles.