BECKETT – Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has announced that Andrea Sholler will join the organization as general manager as of May 18. She began her career from 1983 to 1985 as the Pillow’s first Development Associate. Jacob’s Pillow, located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America’s longest running dance festival. Sholler was formerly associate director of The Tow Foundation.
As general manager at Jacob’s Pillow, Sholler will work closely with executive and artistic director Ella Baff to achieve the Pillow’s strategic goals. She will oversee the administration and overall operations of all areas of Jacob’s Pillow, including the education, development, finance, marketing, operations, production, and preservation departments, and will manage staff in the successful implementation of their strategic, programmatic, and financial goals.
Prior to joining The Tow Foundation, Sholler was the executive director of Dance Theater Workshop in New York City. She served as a program officer with both the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Altman Foundation, and was a producer of DANCENOW/NYC. She is a trustee of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and a program consultant for The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation. She is a founding co-chair of the Non-Family Senior Staff Peer Network for the National Center for Family Philanthropy and is currently serving as a mentor in Philanthropy New York’s Young Leaders Breakfast Club. Sholler has been an active member of New York Grantmakers in the Arts, Philanthropy New York, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and Media Impact Funders. She earned a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College.
Sholler succeeds the Pillow’s general manager of 12 years, Connie Chin, who relocated to Boston in November 2014 to serve as Chief Operating Officer for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.