Sali Ann Kreigsman, executive director of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., has announced she will resign after only two year's service. She will remain in the post until October 31 and thereafter continue as an adviser until a new director is found.
Kreigsman said that she had accomplished her goal of placing the festival on good financial footing. Kreigsman, the author of "Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years," took over Jacob's Pillow in 1995, after nine years as the director of National Endowment for the Arts' dance program. During her tenure, she erased the festival's substantial debt. Jacob's Pillow had borrowed $4.8 million in the early 1990's to renovate and rebuild its building and grounds, but, by 1995, was having difficulty meeting its interest payments.
"I am truly exhausted," said Kreigsman. "I haven't had a breath since the endowment." She added that she had a few writing projects in mind.
Jacob's Pillow was founded in 1932 by Ted Shawn as a home for his Man Dancers company. Shawn directed it until his death in 1972. The festival is presenting its 65th season through