WHAT: The Lucky Penny’s Work Room is a rehearsal studio for contemporary dance where artists receive support to pursue a rigorous, consistent creative practice.  In this shared workplace, a small group of resident artists selected by The Lucky Penny receive year-round, subsidized studio time at a radically low monthly cost. The Work Room serves as their professional laboratory, a space devoted to dance-making, research, training, experimentation and play. 

WHO: The current Work Room Artists are Blake Beckham, Anicka Austin, Melissa Word, Emma Alley, Hez Stalcup, MaryGrace Phillips, Okwae A. Miller, SCRAP Performance Group, Corian Ellisor, and Bella Dorado. Read more about these artists HERE.

WHERE: The Work Room is located at Wagon Works, a converted mill originally built in 1895, now operated by Braden Fellman Group.  Located at 1514 Cleveland Avenue in East Point, the facility is just 15-minutes south of downtown Atlanta and is positioned directly on the MARTA line. You can find us in Suite 270-A, upstairs. If you get lost give a call: 404-889-7681


Can I rent your space for rehearsals or performances?
The Work Room is reserved 7 days a week/year round for our resident choreographers. We do not offer hourly or short-term rentals. We do not rent the space for special events or performances since it is intended to be a choreographic lab that serves the artists who call it home.

How do I become a resident choreographer?
Currently, our residency program is filled but if you are interested in being considered for future openings, feel free to contact blake (at) theluckypenny (dot) org.

WHY: With our Work Room, The Lucky Penny introduces an alternative to the prevailing model in which choreographers access studio space project-by-project, and pay for it hour by hour. Our aim is to provide safe, affordable and reliable space so that artists can sustain a creative practice year-round. The Work Room is a space for working deeply, and a place to think expansively about work-making.

Our goals include: 

  • Strengthen the creation of original contemporary work
  • Facilitate discourse, exchange and participation across the dance community
  • Provide practical resources necessary for advancing artistic practice
  • Establish an infrastructure that supports economic justice for working artists
  • Invest in the vitality and sustainability of an artist-driven community


VISITING ARTISTS: On a limited basis, The Lucky Penny invites touring artists to visit the Work Room for residency time that supports performance research and the development of new projects. Alumni of the Touring Artist Residency Program include Kelly Bond and Melissa Krodman (2015), Tahni Holt (2016) and Kaj-Anne Pepper (2017). The Lucky Penny also hosts master classes and workshops by visiting artists. Past guests have included Shannon Stewart and Angelle Hebert, New Noise, Dante Brown, jhron r. stronks, and Alice Gosti. If you are a contemporary dance maker touring to Atlanta, feel free to contact us regarding teaching opportunities in the Work Room studio.