Inside/Out Artist Submissions

Thank you for your interest in performing as a part of the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

Festival 2018 will take place June 20-August 26, 2018 and Inside/Out performances occur every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening during the Festival. Jacob’s Pillow is interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, including culturally-specific dance forms and dance-theater in addition to classical and contemporary choreography. Artist submissions that contain an audience engagement element, work-in progress proposal, or educational component are also welcome.

Artists appear as a part of the Inside/Out Series by invitation. Artists may apply to perform in the Series by carefully reading the below information and submitting an application and video of their work. Application submissions for Festival 2018 are now closed. Check back in Fall 2018 for Festival 2019 application details.

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.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. 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, and the performance moves indoors in the event of rain.

The 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 are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights throughout the Festival. Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow perform on Saturday nights. Performances begin at 6:15pm and end at 7:00pm. The performance 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 event of rain or threatening weather conditions, Inside/Out moves indoors to the Ruth St. Denis studio, approximately 35′ wide x 25′ deep. 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 most are 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 Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

See an Inside/Out Performance

Family-friendly performances on our beautiful outdoor stage

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