About Trish Garland
Trish has been teaching Pilates since 1983 and was handpicked by Romana to carry on the work of Joseph Pilates. Trish became certified by Romana and was honored to participate in her first training video.
She opened Trish Garland Pilates in 1990 – a training center in Los Angeles launched to bring authentic Pilates to beginners and advanced students – and to foster the next generation of qualified Pilates’ instructors. Trish Garland Pilates is also the “hub” for continuing education in Romana’s Pilates.
Trish has received accolades and praise for her dedication and commitment to the work of Joseph Pilates. As she continues to share her knowledge with both clients and trainers in her Los Angeles studio, she appears as a guest instructor throughout the world at seminars, dance symposiums and personal studios.
Leaving Kansas at 15 on a Ford Foundation Scholarship to perform with the San Francisco Ballet, Trish found her way to New York, becoming a Broadway veteran at 20, in such shows as “Cabaret” and “Follies.” One evening in 1974, she followed her older sister to a late night meeting of dancers who were gathered to talk about their lives with choreographer Michael Bennett.
The tapes of those meetings became the basis of the “A Chorus Line” – the legendary musical that set a precedent with its workshop process, ran for 15 years in New York, and spawned countless productions around the world. As “Judy Turner,” the role Trish created and for which she received the prestigious Drama Desk Award, she developed and starred in the show from workshop through its first three years on Broadway. (Read the LA Times Review of Trish’s Performance) The production won nine Tony Awards, as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Shows with Bob Fosse (“Liza With a Z”) and more productions of “A Chorus Line” led her to Los Angeles, where Trish sustained an ACL knee injury during a performance in 1977. Ducky Drake, former track coach and trainer at UCLA, and Romana Kryzanowska, disciple and heir to the work of Joseph Pilates, worked their magic on her successful recovery.
Trish continued her work in entertainment off the “line” as a creative force of nature. As a pioneer in theater, she began a life of speaking engagements and seminars across the country. She directed and choreographed noteworthy productions of “A Chorus Line,” was a writer for network television – including an episode for “Baywatch,” and appeared in countless films and television – including “Best Little Whorehouse” with Dolly Parton.