League of Resident Theatres

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The League of Resident Theatres is the largest professional theater association of its kind in the United States, with 74 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT Theaters collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined.

LORT is also a forum for sharing information regarding all aspects of theater. Their semi-annual Meetings provide opportunities for LORT members to study, discuss, and exchange information on such non-labor management issues as development, marketing, public relations, education, and technology, as well as provide a forum for developing professional relationships. LORT is also committed to the continued training of current and future LORT Managers.[1]

LORT serves as a way for member regional theatres to bargain collectively with Actors' Equity Association, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists, among other major labor unions in the entertainment industry.

Objectives[edit]

  • To promote the general welfare of resident Theaters in the United States and its territories
  • To promote community interest in and support of resident Theaters;
  • To encourage and promote sound communications and relations between and among resident Theaters in the United States and between resident theaters and the public;
  • To afford resident Theaters an opportunity to act for their common purpose and interest;
    • To act in the interest and on behalf of its members in labor relations and related matters:
    • To serve as bargaining agent for its members in bargaining collectively with unions representing employees of its members;
    • To establish and maintain stable and equitable labor relations between its members and unions representing employees of its members;
    • To provide guidance and assistance to its members in administering collective bargaining agreements;
    • If requested by a member, to handle disputes between members and their employees and/or union representatives; and
    • To represent LORT members before government agencies on problems of labor relations.
  • To carry on all lawful activities which may directly or indirectly contribute to the accomplishment of such purposes; and
  • To communicate with the Federal Government through the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Arts Alliance and to keep those agencies apprised of the needs and status of LORT's membership.[1]

History[edit]

The League of Resident Theaters was formally established on March 18, 1966 by Peter Zeisler, then managing director of the Minnesota Theater Company (a.k.a. the Guthrie Theatre), Thomas Fichandler, general manager of Arena Stage, and Morris Kaplan, an attorney. Until then, resident theater groups negotiated individual contracts with Equity, and most of them used modifications of commercial theater contracts. In some instances, the theaters operated under the terms of Equity's new stock contract. However, resident theater managers have long felt burdened by what they called Equity's "one production" type of contract used on Broadway.[2] Peter Zeisler was appointed the first President with Thomas Fichandler as Vice President and William Bushnell, manager of Baltimore's Center Stage, as Secretary. There were 26 member theaters at the organization's founding.

Categories[edit]

Theaters are categorized into tiers A through D. Tiers B+ through D are determined by the weekly actual box office receipts averaged over the last three complete fiscal years. No theaters can move in or out of Tier “A”.

  • Categories and box office receipts are as follows:
    • “B+” $110,000.00 and above
    • "B" $70,000.00 to $109,999.99
    • "C" $45,000.00 to $69,999.99
    • "D" $44,999.99 and below

For some purposes, the "C" category is split into "C-1" and "C-2" based on seating capacity.[3]

Member theatres[edit]

There are 74 member theatres listed on the 2013 LORT website:[4]

Theatre Name City State
ACT Theatre Seattle WA
Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville KY
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Montgomery AL
Alley Theatre Houston TX
Alliance Theatre Atlanta GA
American Conservatory Theater San Francisco CA
American Repertory Theatre Cambridge MA
Arden Theatre Company Philadelphia PA
Arena Stage Washington DC
Arizona Theatre Company Tucson/Phoenix AZ
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Little Rock AR
Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota FL
Barter Theatre Abingdon VA
Berkeley Repertory Theatre Berkeley CA
Capital Repertory Theatre Albany NY
Centerstage Baltimore MD
Center Theatre Group Los Angeles CA
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Cincinnati OH
City Theatre Company Pittsburgh PA
Clarence Brown Theatre Company[5] Knoxville TN
The Cleveland Play House Cleveland OH
Court Theatre Chicago IL
Dallas Theater Center Dallas TX
Delaware Theatre Company[6] Wilmington DE
Denver Center Theatre Company[7] Denver CO
Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota FL
Ford's Theatre Washington DC
Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles CA
George Street Playhouse New Brunswick NJ
Georgia Shakespeare Atlanta GA
Geva Theatre Center Rochester NY
The Goodman Theatre Chicago IL
Goodspeed Musicals East Haddam CT
Great Lakes Theater Festival Cleveland OH
The Guthrie Theater Minneapolis MN
Hartford Stage Company Hartford CT
Huntington Theatre Company Boston MA
Indiana Repertory Theatre Indianapolis IN
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Kansas City MO
Laguna Playhouse[8] Laguna Beach CA
La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla CA
Lincoln Center Theater New York NY
Long Wharf Theatre New Haven CT
Maltz Jupiter Theatre[9] Jupiter FL
Manhattan Theatre Club New York NY
Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley CA
McCarter Theatre Princeton NJ
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell MA
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Milwaukee WI
Northlight Theatre[10] Skokie IL
The Old Globe San Diego CA
Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena CA
People's Light and Theatre Company Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Theatre Company Philadelphia PA
Pittsburgh Public Theater Pittsburgh PA
PlayMakers Repertory Company Chapel Hill NC
Portland Center Stage Portland OR
Portland Stage Portland ME
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis St. Louis MO
Roundabout Theatre Company New York NY
Round House Theatre Bethesda MD
San Jose Repertory Theatre San Jose CA
Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle WA
Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington DC
Signature Theatre Company Arlington VA
South Coast Repertory Costa Mesa CA
Syracuse Stage Syracuse NY
Theatre for a New Audience New York NY
TheatreWorks Palo Alto CA
Trinity Repertory Company Providence RI
Two River Theater Company Red Bank NJ
Virginia Stage Company[11] Norfolk VA
The Wilma Theater Philadelphia PA
Yale Repertory Theatre New Haven CT

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Drotar, Stephanie (2012). "About LORT". Lort.org. League of Resident Theatres. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Calta, Louis "26 Stage Troupes Form League to Bargain With Actors Equity" New York Times 4 April 1966, pg. 26.
  3. ^ http://www.sdcweb.org/sdc/pdfs/contracts/lort/lort_09_12_agmt.pdf
  4. ^ Drotar, Stephanie (2013). "LORT Member Theatres". Lort.org. League of Resident Theatres. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.clarencebrowntheatre.com/
  6. ^ http://www.delawaretheatre.org/
  7. ^ http://www.denvercenter.org/
  8. ^ http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com/
  9. ^ http://www.jupitertheatre.org/
  10. ^ http://www.northlight.org/
  11. ^ http://www.vastage.com/

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