Company Description: Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket
in the Berkshire Hills of Western
Massachusetts. The Pillow, as it is
affectionately known, was originally the Carter
family farm in the 1700s, and in the 1800s
served as a station on the Underground
Railroad. Its pioneering spirit was furthered
in 1933, when legendary dancer, teacher, and
choreographer Ted Shawn founded the Festival as
a showcase for his company of Men Dancers and as
a home for dance in the U.S.
Jacob's Pillow now encompasses an acclaimed
international Festival (the first and longest-
running in the U.S.), a professional School,
rare and extensive Archives open to the public
free of charge, an Intern Program, and year-
round Community Programs. The historic site
includes 161 acres, 31 buildings, three unique
stages (including the first theatre in the U.S.
built specifically for dance); three dance
studios, exhibition spaces, restaurants, the
Pillow Store, residential housing,
administrative offices, a health center,
gardens, trails, and woodlands.
The Pillow presents international dance in all
forms, styles, and traditions, and approximately
200 free events each season, including
performances, lectures, tours, film showings,
exhibits, and talks with artists from all over
the world, which yield approximately 80,000
visitor experiences annually.
Pillow Founder Ted Shawn was instrumental in
beginning the careers of Martha Graham and Jack
Cole, and the Pillow has continued this
mentoring role by providing opportunities to
young artists such as Alvin Ailey, José Limón,
and Mark Morris. Companies such as Dance
Theatre of Harlem and the Parsons Dance Company
have been seen at the Pillow for the first time
anywhere, and international groups such as the
Royal Danish Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater
have made their U.S. debuts here. World
premieres have been commissioned from masters
such as Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, and
legendary artists such as Margot Fonteyn and
Mikhail Baryshnikov have been showcased in new
In 2003, Jacob's Pillow was declared a National
Historic Landmark by the federal government
Theatre Manager & Box Office Staff
Some College Coursework Completed
Jacob’s Pillow seeks seasonal staff for the following positions listed below.
Theatre Manager to join the Marketing department and report directly to the Director of Marketing & Communications. This position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the patron experience at Jacob’s Pillow, including supervising House Management and Patron Services Interns and volunteer ushers. Responsibilities include scheduling, training, and management of volunteers, handling of on-site patron questions and concerns, managing the weather contingency plan for outdoor performances, working in the box office, and serving as an integral part of the Pillow’s customer service team.
Box Office Manager for this full-time, seasonal position. Working with the Patron Services Manager, the Box Office Manager is responsible for overseeing box office operations, managing box office staff and interns, and helping to educate patrons on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. This position requires a person with excellent customer service skills and strong attention to detail.
Box Office Associates to join the Marketing department and report directly to the Patron Services Manager. This position is responsible for processing ticket orders in person, online, and over the phone; organizing and distributing Will Call tickets; and providing information about performances and events to patrons. During the pre-Festival months (February to mid-June) the Box Office is open weekdays 10am-4pm. Mid-June through August, the Box Office is open Tuesday-Sunday days, nights, and weekends. Length of employment, days of week, and hours per week are flexible; please indicate in your application your general availability and interest. Approximately 12-18 hours per week pre-Festival; up to 40 hours per week possible during Festival.
Please visit https://www.jacobspillow.org/employment/ for complete job descriptions and application guidelines.