Creative Development Residencies

For more than 84 seasons, Jacob’s Pillow has been faithfully committed to artist support and development through a variety of significant programs.

The Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residency Program supports the development and rehearsal of new dance repertory. This program serves as a signature of the Pillow’s artistic focus and underscores its support for the expansion of the art form, for artists and audiences.

During Creative Development Residencies, choreographers and companies are invited to spend one to three weeks at the Pillow rehearsing or creating new work, with free housing for the company, unlimited use of studio space, and access to the Archives and other Pillow resources. In the beautiful, retreat-like atmosphere of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, these residencies are rare opportunities for artists to focus on the creative process without distraction.

Residencies are generally between September and the beginning of May, during the non-Festival months. The work created at the Pillow may be at varying stages of development, and may or may not be performed at the Festival. Residencies are typically one to three weeks.

Artists are provided free housing on site at the Derby farmhouse, unlimited use of the Doris Duke Theatre and/or studio space, access to the Pillow’s rare and extensive Archives, and other Pillow resources such as staff consultation and archival recording. An informal showing with an invited audience concludes the residency.

The Creative Development Residency program has supported hundreds of artists, including Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma; Big Dance Theater; Zaccho Dance Theater; Kate Weare; Kyle Abraham, Camille Brown; Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener; Suzanne Farrell; the Cambodian Project; Kimberly Bartosik; Monica Bill Barnes; Chet Walker; John Jasperse; Joanna Kotze; and many other artists.

Creative Development Residencies are by invitation from the Jacob’s Pillow Director. Artists may send video links of their work for consideration.