Creative Development Residencies

The Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residency Program supports the development, research, 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.

The development of new work is of the utmost importance to the Pillow and the dance field at large.

Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residencies offer select artists the unique opportunity to work in the Pillow’s retreat-like atmosphere, which is steeped in decades of significant dance history. Artists are provided free housing on the Pillow grounds in the historic Derby farmhouse, unlimited use of the Doris Duke Theatre and studio spaces, access to the Pillow’s rare and extensive Archives, a stipend for their residency, and other Pillow resources such as staff consultation and archival recording. A private informal showing with an invited audience concludes the residency, which is also filmed for the artist and kept in the Pillow’s Archives. The work created at the Pillow may be at varying stages of development, and may or may not be performed at the Festival.


The Creative Development Residency program has supported hundreds of artists including Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma; Big Dance Theater; Kate Weare; Kyle Abraham; Jessica Lang; Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener; Bryan Arias; Suzanne Farrell; the Cambodian Project; Kimberly Bartosik; Jodi Melnick; Monica Bill Barnes; Chet Walker; John Jasperse; Dorrance Dance; 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.