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Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow

Becket, Massachusetts

Client: Jacob’s Pillow
Design Architect: Mecanoo
Executive Architect: Marvel Architects
Theatre Consultant: Charcoal Blue
Anticipated Completion: 2025

Following the complete loss of the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow in a November 2020 fire, Jacob’s Pillow is moving forward with
the building of a new, reimagined Doris Duke Theatre, slated to open in 2025. The building will maintain the essence of the original Theatre while providing artists access to state-of-the-art technology to create 21st century works.

The new theatre/studio is projected to cost $30 million, and will maintain the intimacy of the original theatre. It will restore a second indoor theatre space for Jacob’s Pillow’s annual summer Dance Festival and provide year-round studio space on the Pillow campus.

The design team was selected through a competitive, international process. The reimagined Doris Duke Theatre will be an environmentally sustainable prototype for a 21st-century cultural facility that will remain relevant for future generations, able to honor the Pillow’s reputation as a stunning site for performances while creating a new landmark on the campus that upholds and celebrates the site’s diverse history and responds to the values of the Pillow’s Indigenous inhabitants.