"No question the MOST exciting theatre that I have seen in years!"
- Joe Chrest, actor
Of Moving Colors (OMC) is a contemporary dance-theatre organization dedicated to creating and presenting excellent performances and community-based dance activities that inspire, educate, and stimulate. OMC is equally committed to offering admirable opportunities to dancers in our community in the form of master-classes, guest residencies, and paid work in order to further the validity of the dance profession in Louisiana.
In the Company of Dancers (ITCOD) was founded in 1987 by Lisa Hooks to bring modern dance to as many people as possible, both through educational outreaches and major productions. In 1998 Garland Goodwin Wilson was announced Artistic Director of the Company. ITCOD went through a merger with Wilson's collaborative company, Of Moving Colors Productions (OMC). OMC believes that bringing the arts together represents a critical element to the culture of any city. Each year OMC brings together dance, theatre, live music, and the visual arts through major productions and educational outreaches. OMC also brings in top-flight guest artists for Master Classes, choreography and special programs for neighborhoods and schools.
LeeAnn Kozan received her BS in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University. She has been working on the business-side of innovative (ad)ventures for the past 30+ years and sees creativity as a foundational component of any vibrant community. Before working with Of Moving Colors, she spent fifteen years in production, sales, magazine editorial, and marketing for various companies including Jaeger, Conde Nast, Conde Nast International, and Brocato International. She has a strong history of volunteerism in schools, churches, arts organizations, and children’s groups. Her current focus with Of Moving Colors includes donor relations and research and development into new avenues of funding and community relationships. She previously served as OMC's executive director from 1998 to 2003 and is honored to again share the helm of running the company with her sister Garland.
Garland Goodwin Wilson received her BA in Theatre from LSU and studied locally at 2M's School of Dance. She has also studied modern dance across the world at centers and festivals such as Impulstanz Vienna and the Jose Limon Institute in New York. She has trained under and facilitated residencies with artists such as Ashleigh Leite, Netta Yerushalmy, Irene Rampino and Emily Plauche-Flink and has has toured with Windows Dance Company (Brazil, Asia, Hawaii) and with TNZTT Dance Theatre (Slovakia, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic). Locally she has worked for Capitol High, Scotlandville Magnet High (both as Dance Director), The Runnels School, Playmakers, and the Arts Council of GBR. Garland is Board President of the Louisiana Alliance for Dance and Board Member for Palissimo Dance in NYC. She has served as a grants panelist for the BR Area Foundation and the Arts Councils of GBR, Shreveport and Louisiana and is also a Louisiana Dance Fellow for Choreography. In 1996, she returned to the state and has served as the Artistic Director of OMC since 1997, creating 37 productions for the company and taking the arts to over 100 venues in the Southern region.