WHAT WE DO
The Lucky Penny creates and presents contemporary performance events in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-founded in 2011 by choreographer Blake Beckham along with designer and production maven Malina Rodriguez, The Lucky Penny exists as a production outlet for the duo’s collaborative dance works, a curatorial platform for presenting other contemporary artists, and an organizational umbrella for Dance Truck. In 2015, The Lucky Penny launched the Work Room - a studio space in East Point that houses a residency program for choreographers.
The Lucky Penny’s mission is to advance artistry and cultivate community through it’s daring performance projects. The company’s achievements have been celebrated with a prestigious SEED Fund Grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Luminary Award from ArtsATL; Civic Impact Award from Atlanta's Center for Civic Innovation; competitive grants from Idea Capital Atlanta, Fulton County Arts Council and South Arts; and many of Creative Loafing Atlanta’s “Best Of” distinctions.
WHO WE ARE
Choreographer Blake Beckham and designer Malina Rodriguez have been building a body of collaborative performance work together since 2009, when they met under the auspices of Rodriguez’s breakthrough project, Dance Truck. Since then, they have presented over 150 artists and reached thousands of patrons through memorable projects staged in a dynamic array of spaces.
Their most celebrated creations include dance works that feature cinematic stage designs. These pieces include:
OneAnother (2016): An immersive investigation of twos performed in a world of reflection and shadow.
Dearly Departures (2014): A stunning confluence of movement and mechanics inside an ominous transit hall.
Threshold (2012): Performed in a life-sized cardboard house designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.
These recent projects are emblematic of The Lucky Penny’s commitment to pushing creative boundaries and collaborating across disciplines to create production designs of the highest quality. In every work we undertake, our highest priority is to achieve artistic excellence – to produce work that is intentionally crafted and expertly performed; work that delivers to its audience illumination, challenge and insight. As producing artists and curators, we create opportunities for artists to invest deeply in their ideas, and to connect those ideas to the broader public through community-driven collaboration.