Part Time Faculty
BLAKE BECKHAM is a choreographer, performing artist, educator and curator in the Atlanta community. Her work has been presented by Emory University, The Ohio State University, Dance Truck, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, WonderRoot, Danspace, The Asheville Fringe Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Joe Alter Dance Group, Fly By Theater, The Nerve Series, First Glance Atlanta, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and Dekalb School for the Arts. In 2001, Blake earned a BA in English and Dance from Emory University, where she received The Sudler Prize for highest achievement in the arts. She attended Ohio State as a University Fellow, completing her MFA in Choreography before returning to Atlanta in 2006. Since then, Beckham’s prolific 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. Blake's recent choreographic works have been celebrated for their deft craft, ambitious scope and emotional impact. Both PLOT (2011) and Threshold (2012) received critical acclaim including several of Creative Loafing's "Best Of" Awards. In 2012, Blake received a Community Impact Award from Emory University's Center for Creativity & Arts. Along with Malina Rodriguez, Beckham co-directs The Lucky Penny - a presenting organization that supports innovative contemporary work. The Lucky Penny is a production outlet for Blake's choreography, a platform for other local and national artists, and an organizational umbrella for the mobile movement project, Dance Truck. The company’s achievements were recently celebrated with NEA Spotlight recognition and a SEED Fund Grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
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