M. Edgar Rosenblum, executive director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, was elected president of the League of Regional Theatres May 13.
Another Connecticut theatre executive, Stephen J. Albert, Managing Director of Hartford Stage Company, was elected vice president of LORT, the umbrella organization for 64 non-profit theatres around the U.S., at LORT's annual spring meeting in San Francisco.
Rosenblum has been at Long Wharf since 1970, forging a partnership with artistic director Arvin Brown that is a standard for the industry. Rosenblum developed innovative ways of keeping Long Wharf afloat financially, through two major recessions.
Rosenblum said "I'm looking forward to opening up communication between LORT. the Theatre Communications Group, the unions and all other organizations that care about theatre and the arts so that we can come together to enhance funding and raise the visibility of arts in this country."
LORT handles collective bargaining with theatrical unions, and acts as a clearing house for information on artistic and management questions for its members. Most of the major U.S. resident theatres belong. Rosenblum succeeds Tom Hall, managing director of the Old Globe Theatre in California.