UNC News Brief

For immediate use: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CHAPEL HILL — Hannah Grannemann, managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, has been elected secretary of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).

PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Grannemann heads the theater’s administrative departments, working in partnership with producing artistic director Joseph Haj.

LORT is the largest professional theater association of its kind, with more than 70 member theaters across the United States. The organization is a forum for sharing information about all aspects of theater, particularly management issues in the areas of development, marketing, public relations, education and technology.

LORT also administers collective bargaining agreements with Actors’ Equity Association, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists, among other major entertainment industry labor unions. Its member theaters issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined.

Grannemann serves as a governing officer of LORT alongside representatives of prestigious theaters — from New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company and the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., to Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park — to promote the welfare and growth of the nation’s professional theater scene.

Before coming to PlayMakers in June 2008, Grannemann held key positions with two of the nation’s preeminent theater companies, Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn., and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She also currently serves on UNC’s Arts Innovation Circle.

PlayMakers contact: Connie Mahan, (919) 428-1744, cmahan@email.unc.edu