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New Heritage & The Harlem Arts Alliance mourn the loss of Garland Lee Thompson

Garland Lee Thompson as Transporter Technician Ensign Wilson in "THE ENEMY WITHIN" - STAR TREK: TOS - Episode #5

Garland Lee Thompson as Transporter Technician Ensign Wilson in “THE ENEMY WITHIN” – STAR TREK: TOS – Episode #5

Dear Friends,

The theater community has lost a colleague, friend, and dedicated actor and producer. Garland Lee Thompson, co-founder of the Frank Silvera’s Writers Workshop in Harlem, (along with actor/director Morgan Freeman, director/actress Billie Allen, and journalist Clayton Riley), transitioned after a long illness on November 18, 2014.

Under Garland’s reputation, for the past 41 years, the Writers’ Workshop built a prestigious reputation as a nationally and internationally renowned playwright’s development theater for emerging, featured and established writers and artists of color. He was a founding member of the Harlem Arts Alliance and served on the Board. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Voza Rivers, Executive Producer                             Lloyd Williams
New Heritage Theatre Group                                    Co-Chairman
Chairman, Harlem Arts Alliance                                Harlem Arts Alliance
A service and memorial for Garland Lee Thompson, will be held on his birthday, February 14, 2015.

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Lia Chang Photo by GK

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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