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City Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theater Welcome LORT Meeting

City Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theater are co-hosts of the 2024 spring meeting of the League of Resident Theatres, being held starting today, May 1-3, in Downtown Pittsburgh 

The gathering at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Downtown Pittsburgh represents more than 125 theater professionals from 64 of the largest regional nonprofit theaters in the country. 

Pittsburgh was originally slated to host the LORT meeting in October 2020, before it was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.  

With a focus on philanthropy and fundraising, said a joint City-Public press release, “the meeting will feature various topics, themes and panel discussions, including special guests from national foundations, funders and field-wide service organizations.”

“LORT is so grateful to City Theatre and Pittsburgh Public for hosting our semi-annual  convening in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh,” said Adam Siegel, president of LORT. “These  conferences are critical to the on-going success of our association. We gather to share best practices in the field and to provide support to our member theaters spread across the country. Pittsburgh is the perfect  place for all of us to come together – a lively downtown with a robust arts sector, walkable, and  wonderful hotels and restaurants.” 

First established in 1966 with 26 members, the League of Resident Theatres is the  largest professional theater association of its kind in the United States. LORT theaters collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours  combined, and represent one of the largest employers of directors and designers. 

“On behalf of artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski and general manager Stewart Urist, I am  honored to be hosting so many of our LORT colleagues this week in Pittsburgh,” stated Shaunda McDill, Pittsburgh Public Theater managing director, “and I look forward to the robust discussions and  learnings that can only occur when we are together with the very best professionals and peers in our  field.” 

“Throughout my nine years at a LORT theater, these twice-a-year convenings have always served  as a much-needed respite and inspiration to prepare me for the ever-changing realities of our field,” said James McNeel, City Theatre’s managing director. “We are a proud member of LORT and know that we are a better and more impactful organization because of our association with these 80 theaters and our colleagues across the sector. It’ll be such fun to show-off all that Pittsburgh has to offer (and send  everyone home with their very-own LORT-themed Terrible Towel!).”