College Partnership Program

Join and shape the next generation of dance professionals

The Jacob’s Pillow College Partnership Program exists to support dance as a means of research, discourse, and artistic expression for faculty, artists, scholars, and students – virtually and on-campus. At a time when many faculty members are being required to teach online, Jacob’s Pillow has essential resources to support curriculum and learning. Joining the College Partnership Program provides all faculty, staff, and departments access to Jacob’s Pillow resources.

In addition to public access to Online Jacob’s Pillow Archives featuring collections of moving images, books, correspondence, photographs, and Festival program, partnership benefits & events include:

  • “Inside the Pillow Lab” virtual screening and talk back with jumatutu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham and their collaborators on October 21 
  • Consultations with archivists for faculty on research and curriculum design
  • Opportunity to apply for College Partnership Program Faculty Research Fellowship (one in Spring and Fall of each year). Includes housing for up to two weeks, stipend, access to archivists.
  • Priority notification of Pillow opportunities including Jacob’s Pillow Intern and Administrative Fellowship Program positions, The School at Jacob’s Pillow professional advancement programs, and special workshops and classes year-round

Additional benefits for regional partners within driving distance of Jacob’s Pillow:

  • Access to select full-length Pillow performances on growing research database Jacob’s Pillow Dance Stream, including performances from 2018-2021 (available to regional partners only). 
  • Invitation to Annual College Partner Convening for partners across the region
  • Invitation to private Pillow Lab work-in-progress showings and receptions, presented at the end of the artists’ residency.
    • Indigenous Enterprises October 16, 2pm
    • Yve Laris Cohen December 11, 2pm
  • Customizable visits to Jacob’s Pillow including schedulable tours and seminars
  • Discounts to Dance Education Laboratory workshops (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow 

Read more about benefits here.

Become a Partner or Renew your membership for the ‘21-’22 Academic Year

Partnership enrollment is accepted on a rolling basis year-round, with a rolling renewal process in place. 2021-2022 Partnerships are active for the academic year through the 2022 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Institutional Partnership

Any dance group, program, or department within an institution of higher education (two-year and four-year institutions) is eligible for membership, and benefits extend to all continuing employees of the organization. Please note: At this time, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Stream access is only available to regional Institutional Partners | $300

Individual Partnership

Individuals must have current or former academic affiliation with higher education. Please note: Individual partnership does not include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Stream | $100

Meet Our College Partners

Webinar: Pillow Tools for Teaching Online

View a one-hour webinar exploring the digital materials available through Jacob’s Pillow with Norton Owen, Director of Preservation, and Patsy Gay, Associate Archivist.

Partnership Benefits & Events include:

  • Personalized virtual reference assistance with Archives staff
  • Personalized Account Logins to the Pillow’s Online Archives and digital resources, in addition to:
    • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive online catalogue – An ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today, featuring Themes & Essays written by Scholar-in-Residence. 
    • PillowVoices podcast– The Jacob’s Pillow podcast brings listeners closer to notable dance artists connected with the Pillow from 1933 to today.
    • Jacob’s Pillow YouTube channel – Includes post-show talks with Festival Artists and Pillow Scholars, performance clips, and more.
  • Our growing research and database resource for select full-length performances and talks from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Archives.
  • This includes all digital programming from summer 2021, any video works created in addition, as well as past and works-in-process residency showings and select Master Classes from The School at Jacob’s Pillow
  • Annual College Partner Convening, a gathering held each fall to network and discuss current issues in the field.
    • Save the date for the 2021 Convening on Saturday, Oct 30, 10am-2pm
  • Visibility on the Jacob’s Pillow website with a link to your institution.

The Pillow continues to support dance artists in their choreographic process through residency support at the Pillow Lab. Join artists and companies at virtual “Inside the Pillow Lab” showings for conversations and sharing that reflect the first time many artists are together making in the same space again. Online sharings will range from short films, chronicling of Pillow Lab artist experience, movement sharing & discussion, and more. Plus, as a College Partner, you’re invited to Conversations with Pillow Lab Artists, exclusively available to members of our College Partners and Jacob’s Pillow VIP members. Approximately 30 minutes in duration.

Indigenous Enterprises – October 16, 2pm
jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham – October 21 (virtual only)
Yve Laris Cohen – December 11, 2pm

On the week of each showing, College Partners receive direct outreach from Jacob’s Pillow with an invitation to join the conversations with artists.

Curated Day at the Pillow visits tailored to artistic and academic interests pending national and state Health & Safety Guidelines in response to COVID-19 in 2021.

Get notified first about our upcoming DEL at Jacob’s Pillow professional development opportunities, now offered virtually.

Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator) in this online workshop series highlighting the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site. Re-envision dance history as embodied inquiry using the extensive video and multimedia resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives.

See all upcoming DEL workshops.

  • Jacob’s Pillow Intern and Administrative Fellowship Program positions 
  • The School at Jacob’s Pillow professional advancement programs 
  • Special workshops and classes year-round