First Street Studio’s mission is to provide an accessible performance, rehearsal and education venue that encourages artistic risk-taking and inspires connection through creative practice.
Cheryl Chaddick, Founder
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey, Partner
AJ Garcia-Rameau , Partner
Tikiri Shapiro, Studio Manager
First Street Studio values creativity, connection, and affordability. We seek to create an intimate environment where creative risk-taking is encouraged, artistic career paths are bolstered, and local collaborations thrive.
First Street Studio aims to support the dynamic power of performance art by making space for our community to reflect, connect and grow.
Founded by choreographers Cheryl Chaddick and Katherine Hodges in 2015, First Street Studio’s architecture, construction, and technology is expertly designed to provide Austin performance artists with a professional rehearsal environment on par with the quality of workspaces found in some of the country’s most thriving art cities. Cheryl and Katherine recognized a lack of dance studio rentals that specifically cater to professional artists and understood what local dance historian Caroline Sutton Clark, MFA, PhD expertly articulates,
The availability of affordable space directly impacts the creative life of a city… dance community as a whole thrives or declines with the presence of an accessible space suitable for dancing. Unlike other arts, dance must have the following: a large room without obstructions like support poles, a sprung floor, tall ceilings, and a specialized surface such as perfectly smooth wood or linoleum. First Street Studio not only provides these but also mirrors and the technical capability to handle light and sound so that Austin dance artists can perform.
Today, First Street Studio is a staple arts organization where performance art is developed and discovered by Austinites year-round. We are proud to announce First Street Studio welcomed two new partners to the executive team, local choreographers Dorothy O’Shea Overbey and A.J. Garcia-Rameau!