The Lucky Penny has been invited by Theater Emory to curate two-weeks of residency activities as part of their summer Breaking Ground series. From June 16-28, we will host contemporary performing artists as they develop new work, engage with the community through free classes and workshops, and host performances in Emory's Theater Lab located in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The Lucky Penny looks forward to supporting the work of local choreographers BLAKE BECKHAM and CORIAN ELLISOR. We will also host visiting artists KELLY BOND and MELISSA KRODMAN, who will treat Atlanta audiences to 2 FREE performances of their hypnotic duet, Colony.


All events are FREE
Limited Capacity | Reservations Recommended |
Follow the links to the Facebook Event Pages.

COLONY Created and performed by Kelly Bond and Melissa Krodman
Performances Saturday, June 21 at 8:00pm and Sunday, June 22 at 5:00pm
The artists will give a free workshop on Saturday, June 28 from 11 am to 1 pm

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Georgia Council for the Arts.

Dance Classes / Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 10:30am - 12:00pm
Performance Workshops / Daily, June 23 - 27, 10:30 - 1:30. Culminates in a performance on June 28. 

Designed for adult movers, in college and beyond. Dance classes are drop-in, while the performance workshop requires registration via

Saturday, June 28th at 5:00pm


The Theater Lab is located on the North side of Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road. On nights and weekends, FREE PARKING is available in the adjacent Fishburne parking deck. No tickets are required, but reservations are strongly encouraged for performances of Colony and the Artist Showing. Make your reservation by emailing Please plan to arrive 15-minutes prior to show time in order to claim your reservation. Capacity is limited. 

If you are interested in joining the classes and workshops, and would like more information, contact
blake {at} theluckypenny {dot org} 

The Lucky Penny wishes to thank Theater Emory for their support, and their ongoing commitment to the development of new work that bridges Emory to the greater Atlanta community.



KELLY BOND is a Nashville-based choreographer and performing artist. She holds an MA in European dance-theater practice from Laban in London, which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar. She earned a BFA in dance performance and choreography and a BA in English from The University of Southern Mississippi. Kelly was an artist with Dance/Metro DC’s 2010 pilot program, Forward Five, and a 2009 Young Emerging Artist of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. She has served as an adjunct professor of dance at George Washington University and University of Maryland – Baltimore County.

MELISSA KRODMAN is a Philadelphia-based deviser and performer of original, experimental theatre and dance. Her original works include collaborations with Kelly Bond, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Applied Mechanics, Happenstance Theater, and Banished? Productions. Melissa is a graduate of the 2011-2013 class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Philadelphia. She recently co-founded the Sawyer Farm artistic residency in Worthington, MA. Melissa holds a BS in Film & Television Production from Boston University.

CORIAN ELLISOR has worked with a variety of dance communities, including Atlanta, Houston, Florida, Massachusetts, Arkansas, North Carolina, Guatemala and Sweden. In addition to performing, he is also a teacher, deejay and party promoter who thrives on forging relationships through art. Corian has choreographed over 30 dances. His choreography was presented twice at the American College Dance Festival and won a coveted spot in the Gala performance. He recently started his own company, Ellisorous Rex and the Dance Machine, which performs around Atlanta. Corian was awarded WonderRoot’s 2012 Walthall Fellowship and was named one of the “Top 20 people to watch in 2013" by Creative Loafing. 

BLAKE BECKHAM is a choreographer, movement educator and co-director of The Lucky Penny. Blake earned a BA in English and Dance from Emory University (2001), where she received The Sudler Prize for highest achievement in the arts. She attended Ohio State as a University Fellow, to complete her MFA in Choreography (2005). Beckham’s career has included tenure as Development Director for the award-winning youth program, Moving in the Spirit, and teaching appointments at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and The Woodruff Arts Center. In 2012, Beckham received a Community Impact Award from Emory University's Center for Creativity & Arts.  In 2013, she was honored to receive the Tanne Foundation award, a national prize recognizing outstanding artistry.