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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.

 358 George Carter Road
 Becket, MA 01223
[P] (413) 243-9919 x 121
[F] (413) 243-4744
Joshua Briggs
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EIN 04-6002993

LAST UPDATED: 01/28/2019
Organization DBA Jacob's Pillow
Jacob's Pillow Dance
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jacobs Pillow
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Jacob's Pillow's mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.

Mission Statement

Jacob's Pillow's mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $6,052,184.00
Projected Expense $6,576,610.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Presentation

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Mission Statement

Jacob's Pillow's mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.

Background Statement

Jacob’s Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (The New York Times). The Pillow is a treasured 163-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival presents more than 50 dance companies from all over the world, and 200 free performances, talks, and events. The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a renowned center for professional dance training and Community Programs offer meaningful dance participation programs for all ages. The Archives collects and gives public access to rare and extensive dance treasures, and Virtual Pillow is a major initiative to develop new dance e-audiences.

World premieres, U.S. debuts, master and emerging artists, and collaborations with composers, visual artists, and writers comprise over 160 performances presented each Festival season.

New work and the development of the art form are supported through commissions, the Creative Development Residency program, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award.


The School at Jacob's Pillow provides training by eminent faculty that not only produces great dancers, but also great artists. The Intern ProgramPublic School Programs, and Community Classes educate people of all ages about the art of dance.

The Pillow is a National Historic Landmark with rare and extensive dance Archives encompassing materials from 1894 through today. The photography collections, films, library, exhibits, and video viewing stations are free and open to the public.

The general public, students, scholars and artists are invited to experience dance through more than 200 free performances and talks, rehearsals, class observationtours and interaction with artists, scholars, writers, filmmakers, and composers.

Impact Statement

In the past year, Jacob's Pillow Dance has hosted 126 performances by 21 dance companies on our primary stages and an additional 32 performances on our free outdoor stage featuring 29 companies as well as students from the school at Jacob's Pillow.
During our Festival we have hosted over 200 free events including curated conversations, free family days, pre- and post-show talks, and public tours.
We have added nearly 100 new items to our free online archive, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive, allowing users all over the world to tour a remarkable history of dance through video clips, exclusive essays, curated playlists, and archival materials integrated across multiple themes.
In the past year, our in-school program, Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion has partnered with three Berkshire Schools to reach over 400 students, introducing them to the world of dance and helping them use movement to connect to the core curriculum.
Our current goals for the following year are all tied to Vision '22, our new, five-year initiative to transform Jacob's Pillow into a year round global center for dance and creativity. In the next year we will:
- host 10-12 emerging dance companies in creative development residencies in our Pillow Lab. These companies will receive 24/7 access to studios, mentorship, funding, and technical support to develop new works.
- Expand our community based work in Pittsfield, MA, building new audiences for dance through artist visits, classes, and direct community action.
- Expand our work in schools, with the goal of reaching 11 schools in the next five years.
- Support choreographers through the creation of a choreography program at the School at Jacob's Pillow.
- Continue to connect American audiences to world-class, innovative dance from the best national and international dance companies. 

Needs Statement

Our five most pressing needs are:
 - Building new audiences. Jacob's Pillow recognizes that constant work is required to build new audiences for dance, particularly through overcoming socio-economic barriers and local challenges like limited access to transportation.
- Ted Shawn Theatre upgrade. Originally constructed in 1942, the Ted Shawn has been upgraded only a few times since — most recently in 1992. It is imperative that the Pillow now elevate this premier dance performance venue to industry standards for safety and operation, and provide the companies that perform there with up-to-date rigging and equipment.  
- Build networks of dancers. New England based dance companies need more support to learn from each other, build technique, and increase visibility and contact.
- Building of additional endowments. To support our new initiatives, we are need to create $4 million of additional endowment funds over the next five years. This will allow major initiatives to remain stable and sustainable without additional outside funding.
- Gap funding. Until we build our endowments, we need to find funding  

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Dance
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Historical Organizations

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The School at Jacob's Pillow offers programs that prepare professional dancers for a dance career.  In 2010, 107 dancers from more than twelve countries participated in one of the five intensive programs that ranged from Ballet to Tap.  The Pillow's internship program prepared 38 young people for careers in Arts Management and Technical Theatre.  Dance classes for the community served 2,386 adults and children throughout the summer.  Throughout the year The Pillow works with faculty and students in local public schools using dance to teach academic material and provide professional development. In 2010 at least 70 faculty, 210 students and three public schools participated.
Budget  $770,924.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities Dance Instruction
Population Served Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success 

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
Alumni of The School include dance luminaries and celebrities such as 
Nikolaj Hübbe, Meredith Monk, Mia Michaels, Robert Swinston, and So You Think Can Dance winner Joshua Allen. Others appear regularly in Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch," on Broadway, and in major companies all over the world. In 2010, 21 alumni returned to the Festival as artistic directors, choreographers, and performers. 


The Pillow's free Inside/Out performance series serves a broad population, and is especially popular with local families.  Other free programs that expand the public's appreciation and support for the arts include Pre- and Post-Show Talks all moderated by Scholars-in-Residence, and PillowTalks with included conversations with artists, authors, filmmakers, and others.  The Pillow also offers five fine arts exhibits and a public outreach "Community Day".  In 2010 engagement programming reached 39,796 people.
Budget  $361,792.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities Humanities Programs
Population Served General Public/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 


The Pillow is best known for its internationally acclaimed dance festival, which lasts for ten weeks each summer and includes performances in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre (capacity 620) and The Doris Duke Studio Theatre (capacity 220). During the 2016 Festival there were 62 performances in the Ted Shawn Theatre, featuring 10 different companies, attended by 29,423 people. There were 63 performances in the Doris Duke Theatre, featuring 10 different companies and attended by 9,876 people. Those companies also hosted 10 Master Classes for the public. The 2016 Festival also featured 35 different companies in our Inside/Out Series. These performances are free, open to the public, and designed to be accessible to families, youth, and newcomers to dance with early start times and a relaxed presentation environment. These performances were attended by 20,813 people.
Budget  $2,396,601.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
At the end of a given season, we hope to see the following successes:
  • An increase in the number of first-time ticket buyers who were inspired enough by their time at the Pillow to become members.
  • Positive feedback from all Festival artists, particularly when it comes the Pillow's effort to support creative development.
  • An increase from the prior season in overall attendance at free events, with a particular focus on an increase in attendance by youth. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Long term success will be marked by:
  • An increase in international artists at the Pillow.
  • An increase in emerging companies performing on all stages.
  • An increase in ticket sales, particularly to youth and local residents.
  • An increase in overall attendance at all free performances.
  •  An increase in the number of premieres and commissioned works.
  • An increase in the number of local partnerships and collaborations that we create to support audience development.
  • An increase in the socio-economic, racial, and ethnic diversity of our regular, returning audience.
  • The creation of new programs to support year-round creative development.
Program Success Monitored By 
We monitor success in numerous ways:
  •  Our box office tracks overall ticket sales, as well as sales to targeted groups, including 35 and under tickets, $10 youth tickets, Berkshire County resident tickets, and sales to specific community groups.
  • Our Community Engagement Department monitors all community activity at the Pillow, tracking the different local groups, schools, and non-profits taking advantage of Pillow activities. 
  • The Community Engagement Department notes the increase in our community partnerships, specifically cultivated by on-the-ground partnerships with organizations such as the Pittsfield Working Cities Group.
  • We do audience tracking for all free events, noting general attendance as well as attendance by age across multiple categories.
  • Our Director has personal interactions and conversations with all Pillow artists, ensuring that our organization remains a supportive home for artistic growth.
Examples of Program Success 
Overall attendance at Jacob's Pillow has doubled in recent years, and its theaters play to an average of 78% paid capacity.The national average is around 55%.
Over time, Jacob's Pillow has presented 550+ premieres; 1,500+ companies. Since 2000, more than a third of companies presented by the Festival are international, many choosing the Pillow for their company's U.S. debut.  
Over the years, Jacob’s Pillow has received countless accolades. The New York Times called Jacob’s Pillow “…the dance center of the nation and possibly the world”, and Time magazine described it as “…the hub and Mecca of dancing in North America.”
In 2003, the federal government named Jacob's Pillow a National Historic Landmark for its importance in America's culture and history, thus distinguishing the Pillow as the country's first and only Landmark dance institution.
 In 2010 President Obama Awarded Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival with the National Medal of Arts.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Pamela Tatge
CEO Term Start Apr 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience

For 16 years, Pamela Tatge led Wesleyan University’s multi-disciplinary arts program in an 11-building arts complex and in venues and sites across the campus and in Middletown. This included setting the vision for, raising funds for, and overseeing implementation of an extensive performing arts presenting series and visual arts exhibition program, cross-department and cross-disciplinary partnerships with faculty and students, extended residencies and commissioning relationships with artists, and extensive work in public schools and community centers in the Middletown community.

She managed a staff of 13 that produced over 300 events and exhibitions per year, including providing technical support for the production and presentation needs of four university arts departments. She interacted with hundreds of students annually, and attracted and engaged audiences from across the state and the region. She annually designed and facilitated major festivals and symposia in collaboration with faculty; and commission work of generative artists (Ronald K. Brown, Reggie Wilson, Eiko Otake, Liz Lerman, among others) through the Creative Campus Initiative, that includes a set of strategies for integrating the arts, with a focus on dance and embodied practices, into curricular and co-curricular life.

Since joining the Pillow, Ms. Tatge has launched Vision ’22, an ambitious five-year plan to transform Jacob’s Pillow into a year-round global research and development center for dance and creativity. In addition to building on the incredibly successful programs run by Jacob’s Pillow, this plan will increase the number of international artists at the Festival, support emerging choreographers with winter residencies, host a number of artist convenings, and invest tremendously in community engagement and the building of new audiences.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ella Baff Sept 1998 Oct 2015
Samual A. Miller Jan 1990 Nov 1994

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
"J.R." Glover Director of Education

“J.R.” Glover, Director of Education, first arrived at the Pillow as an intern in 1993 and joined the Festival staff in 1998. Believing that everyone should dance, her teaching experience includes work with performing arts schools, alternative schools, public schools, dance studios, special education schools, community centers, and universities in North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In the spirit that dance should be seen everywhere, she performed in a wide range of venues, from art galleries, parking garages, storefront windows, and public television to proscenium and black-box theaters.She holds a M.A. in Dance from American University, a B.S. in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a certificate in Arts Management from American University. This year she served as Choreographer Showcase Adjudicator for Prince George County’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Division and is a steering committee member for Lift Ev’ry Voice, a celebration of African American Culture and Heritage in Berkshire County. She is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education, and the National Dance Education Organization. At Jacob’s Pillow, sheoversees The School, The Intern Program, and Community Dance Programs; and is founder/co-director ofJacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®.

Elissa Haskins-Vaughan Director of Development --
Norton Owen Director of Preservation

Norton Owen, Director of Preservation,first came to the Pillow as a student in 1976 and began working as Assistant to the Director immediately following that season.  He later worked in the Box Office and Press Office, directed the Festival Fund (a special marketing initiative linking the Pillow and Berkshire Theatre Festival), served as House Manager, Associate Manager, and Director of Educational Programs.  As Director of Preservation since 1990, he oversees all programs concerning dance documentation, exhibitions and archival resources.  He also coordinates many aspects of the Audience Engagement Series, including PillowTalks, pre- and post-show lectures and program essays, and is a key member of the team creating Virtual Pillow.  He is a past Chairman of the nationwide Dance Heritage Coalition and current President of the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation.  Dance/USA selected him to receive its Ernie Award in 2000 for “unsung heroes who have led exemplary lives in dance” and he has been honored by both the Dance Films Association and the José Limón Dance Foundation in 2012.

Andrea Sholler Managing Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association MASSCreative

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 31
Number of Part Time Staff 47
Number of Volunteers 219
Number of Contract Staff 173
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 57
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 57
Male: 21
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Mark Leavitt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chief Investment Officer, Union Square Hospitality
Board Chair Term Dec 2014 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kyle Abraham Artistic Director Voting
Nurit Amdur Founder, Alex Inc. Voting
Carole Burack Partner, Cranwell Resort and Gold Club Voting
Neil D. Chrisman Former Managing Director, J.P. Morgan & Company Voting
Ranny Cooper President of Public Affairs, Weber Shandwick Voting
Frank A. Cordasco Hospital for Special Surgery Voting
Sarah Eustis Main Street Hospitality Group --
Sarah Eustis Main Street Hospitality Group Voting
Nancy Feller Attorney Voting
Ann Hicks Licensed Clinical Social Worker Voting
Joan Hunter Board Member, Williamstown Film Festival Voting
Christopher Jones Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management Voting
Amber Ju Entrepreneur Voting
Nancy K. Kalodner President, Bechmark Real Estate Voting
Jennie Kassanoff Barnard College Voting
Mark Leavitt Managing Director of Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications Group, Piper Jaffray & Company Voting
Wendy A. McCain Board Member, Egremont Land Trust Voting
Diane Patrick Ropes & Gray, LLP Voting
Sienna Patti Volunteer Voting
Claudia Perles The Perlese Family Foundation Voting
Hunter K. Runnette Advisory Board, Berkshire International Film Festival Voting
Abbie Strssler Broadway and National Tours Voting
Sylvia T. Pope Trustee, Boston Ballet Voting
Steve Weiner Attorney, Mintz, Leven, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C. Voting
Mark Williams Independent Investor Voting
Elaine Wolbrom Director, Jewish Braille Library Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 18
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit, Compliance and Controls
  • Community Engagement
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $10,816,898 $7,137,825 $7,648,495
Total Expenses $6,880,841 $5,783,472 $5,587,333

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $7,437,255 $2,553,444 $2,821,129
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,271,248 $3,230,049 $2,997,313
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-94,863 $1,009,653 $1,556,201
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $203,258 $339,787 $271,002
Revenue In-Kind -- $4,892 $2,850
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $5,095,349 $4,432,966 $4,326,531
Administration Expense $1,259,571 $836,595 $755,634
Fundraising Expense $525,921 $513,911 $505,168
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.57 1.23 1.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 77% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 18% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $25,611,821 $21,987,039 $20,868,451
Current Assets $2,801,142 $1,221,285 $3,434,048
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $300,000 $300,000
Current Liabilities $299,280 $161,612 $55,291
Total Net Assets $25,312,541 $21,525,427 $20,513,160

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $15,557,949.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 3.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose we are in the non-public phase of a Capital Campaign. We hope are resign funds to support the three pillars of Vision 22.
Campaign Goal $15,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2017 - Dec 2022
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $7,532,899.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.36 7.56 62.11

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 1% 1%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
The 2014-2015 financial data covers a 13-month period, from December 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 to accommodate for a change in the organization's fiscal year period (from a December 1 start date to a January 1 start date). 


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