Inside/Out Artist Submissions

Perform as a part of the Inside/Out Performance Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

Application submissions for Festival 2020 are now closed.

Festival 2020 will take place from June 24-August 30, 2020 and Inside/Out performances occur every Wednesday-Friday evening at 6:15pm during the Festival. Jacob’s Pillow is interested in presenting all dance forms and genres. The Pillow welcomes submissions that contain an audience engagement element, work-in-progress proposals, and educational components.

Artists appear as a part of the Inside/Out Performance Series by invitation. Artists may apply to perform by carefully reading the information below and submitting an application and video of their work.

The Venue

Performances take place at The Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Both the audience and performers are surrounded by nature and the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Hills. In the instances of inclement weather, performances move indoors into our new, state of the art Perles Family Studio. Performances are free and open to the public. They are geared toward exposing audiences to dance in an informal way, giving all people, regardless of their financial means, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dance. The audience includes both experienced dance-goers who attend the Festival on a regular basis as well as newcomers to dance. Inside/Out attracts a multi-generational audience from children to teens, young professionals, families, and elders. All programming must be family-friendly; no nudity, mature content, or offensive language will be permitted. The venue capacity is approximately 1,000. Seating includes low wooden benches, several picnic tables, and limited space to accommodate lawn chairs.

Please remember that both the content and production needs of your presentation must be appropriate for a free outdoor venue with sound only. There are no lights, wings, or other staging.

The Henry J. Leir Stage

The stage is 40′ wide by 36′ deep, with a slight rake. The dance floor is an Aerodeck Sprung Panel floor covered with Harlequin white cascade marley. There is a unisex dressing area underneath the stage, out of view of the audience. The stage is lit only by the natural light of the outdoors. There is an excellent sound system. There are no wings, curtains, lights, or masking. Two crew members coordinate all technical needs and run sound during the performance.

Please click here for complete technical specifications.

Performance Schedule and Duration

Performances run from 6:15pm-7pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights throughout the Festival. Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow perform on Saturday nights. Each program is no longer than 35 minutes, including any pauses or costume changes that may be required.

The performance is immediately followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience.


In the instances of inclement weather and weather threats, performances move indoors into our new, state-of-the-art Perles Family Studio. This space is approximately 40’ wide by 36’ deep with a seating capacity of 175. The performance is also simulcast to another studio on site.


Inside/Out artists receive a small honorarium, meals in the Stone Dining Room (our resident cafeteria) and, when available, tickets to either a Ted Shawn Theatre or Doris Duke Theatre performance. Jacob’s Pillow is unable to provide transportation or housing.

Documentation and Crediting

All Inside/Out performances are filmed and photographed and become part of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. Artists receive a complimentary video of their performance to use for not-for-profit promotional purposes.

The following credit is required on the video, and in all public materials of any kind: The Inside/Out Performance Series at Jacob’s Pillow.

See an Inside/Out Performance

Family-friendly performances on our beautiful outdoor stage

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