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, the mobile movement project that delivers dance in the back of trailers, trucks and pickups. 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; Civic Impact Award from Atlanta's Center for Civic Innovation; competitive grants from Idea Capital Atlanta, Fulton County Arts Council and South Arts; several of Creative Loafing Atlanta’s “Best Of” distinctions; and residencies at Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground Series (2013, 2014) and Linda Austin’s Performance Works NorthWest (2014). 

Photo by Bobbi Jo Brooks


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 120 artists and reached an audience of nearly 7,000 patrons through memorable projects staged in a dynamic array of  spaces.

Their most celebrated collaborations include PLOT (2011) a site-specific journey across the grounds of The Goat Farm Arts Center, hailed by critics as a landmark performance for the Atlanta arts community; Threshold (2012), performed in a life-sized cardboard house designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; and Dearly Departures (2014) a stunning confluence of movement, sound, light and design.

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. 


Creative Loafing | Lucky Penny performs an experiment in sustainability
ArtsATL | The Lucky Penny spins a wagon wheel
Creative Loafing | Best of 2014 - Best dance company to unite a village