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.

In partnership, this program supports academic research, curriculum development, dance-making, and dance pedagogy by promoting year-round engagement with the Jacob’s Pillow Archives and online resources, acting as a catalyst for discussion and action. The program builds professional networks and strengthens the professional pipelines for diverse scholarship, pedagogy, performance, and choreography, convening partners on critical issues in the field and engaging the next generation in the field’s collective history and current professional landscape. Learn more about the levels and benefits of partnership below!

Become a Partner or Renew your membership for the ‘20-’21 Academic Year

Partnership enrollment is accepted on a rolling basis year-round, with a rolling renewal process in place. 2020-2021 Partnerships are active for the academic year through the 2021 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

Partnership Benefits & Events include:

Virtual resources

  • Personalized virtual reference assistance with Archives staff
  • Access to the Pillow’s Online Archives and digital resources, including:
    • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive online catalogue – An ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today.
    • 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.

Complimentary access to Jacob's Pillow Dance Stream (exclusive to regional Institutional Partners)

  • Our online resource for select full-length performances and talks from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Archives. 

New! Master Classes from The School at Jacob's Pillow

  • Discounted access to Master Classes from The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Preview the full listing here. Inquire with [email protected].

Research & recognition

  • Annual College Partner Convening, A Virtual Gathering, Saturday October 24, 2020 to network and discuss current issues in the field.
  • Visibility on the Jacob’s Pillow website with a link to your institution.

In Process Series showings at the Pillow Lab

Fall artists and dates to be announced mid-September.

The Pillow continues to support dance artists in their choreographic process through residency support at the Pillow Lab. Join artists and companies at virtual In Process Series 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.

Visits to the Pillow

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.

Access to Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow

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

Stay tuned for 2020-2021 virtual DEL at Jacob’s Pillow offerings.

Priority notification of Pillow opportunities

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