While the Great White Way might be the ultimate ambition of many actors, it’s certainly not the only place to find work. Regional theaters across the country are hubs of actor employment. In fact, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) contract is the second largest employment provider for Equity members behind the Production Contract, issued for Broadway and some national tour productions.
Since 1965, LORT has been the association to administer collective bargaining agreements between its member theaters and Actors’ Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Though it began with 26 member theaters, the national organization now includes 74 houses in all of the major markets of the United States and accounted for 59,785 work weeks in the 2012–2013 season.
To join the organization a theater must be a nonprofit, IRS-approved organization, have a playing season of 12 weeks or more, conduct a three-week rehearsal period for each production, and operate under the LORT-union contracts. “LORT is regularly accepting new members when they apply and meet qualifications for membership,” said Reed Wilkerson, management associate at LORT. The LORT Executive
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