Crisis In Harlem

From an artistic standpoint, Dance Theatre of Harlem has never been stronger. But behind the scenes, the company “is in financial tatters. It is $2.5 million in debt. The staff was laid off in March. The board of directors has dwindled to two members aside from company co-founder and artistic director Arthur Mitchell.” Mitchell is preparing to step aside at the board’s request, and is reportedly close to hiring British socialite and arts patron Janet Boateng to run the company, a controversial move, since Boateng “appears to have no previous history of turning around a troubled arts entity.”