Much like Johnson’s appointment to the role of Artistic Director, Garland is the most natural and qualified successor for the position. He was selected by Arthur Mitchell as the company’s first Resident Choreographer and has held numerous titles in his storied career with the organization.
Garland’s work both with Dance Theatre of Harlem and prestigious companies across the U.S. and around the world, has received high praise from critics and audiences. He has more than earned the mantel of Mitchell’s legacy. He is singularly qualified to carry Mr. Mitchell’s vision into the organization’s second half century.
“I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that this new venture within the organization will bring,” remarked Garland. “Through my work as a choreographer and school director, I have seen endless amounts of talent flourish both within and outside the walls of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Leading the charge to further shape the artistic future of this legendary organization gives me a renewed focus to bring our work to communities who need it most.”
Garland’s promotion, and Jimenez’s appointment is a testament to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s commitment to its lineage and legacy, as well as to the organization’s deliberate approach to succession planning that ensures a continuity of leadership and advancement of its strategic vision for a future that expands upon DTH’s values of access, opportunity, and excellence.