League of Resident Theatres

The principle objectives of LORT are:

  • To promote the general welfare of resident theatres in the United States and its territories;
  • To promote community interest in and support of resident theatres;
  • To encourage and promote sound communications and relations between and among resident theatres in the United States and between resident theatres and the public;
  • To afford resident theatres 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 its 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 its membership.

==Membership Requirements==
The following criteria is required for new membership into LORT:

  • The theatre must be incorporated as a non-profit I.R.S.-approved organization;
  • Each self-produced production must be rehearsed for a minimum of three weeks;
  • The theatre must have a playing season of twelve weeks or more; and
  • The theatre will operate under a LORT-Equity contract.
Applications for membership must be approved by the LORT Executive Committee. All applicants for membership shall individually subscribe to and shall be bound by LORT's By-Laws and any collective bargaining agreements between LORT and any union representing employees of the applicant. Applications for membership must be executed by the chief executive officer of the applicant resident theatre authorized to act on behalf of such applicant. The LORT Executive Committee shall determine whether an applicant shall qualify for membership.

Text is direct from LORT.org

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