March 18-20, 2016

Galt House Hotel
140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202



Louisville, KY


Actors Theatre of Louisville


Galt House Hotel

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In the fall of 1971 the then Managing Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse, Sara O'Conner, was approached by an active volunteer of the The Prompters (the volunteer organization for that theatre). The volunteer asked if it would be possible to arrange a conference for volunteers of American theatres. It was decided that it was a good idea, and The Prompters hosted the first gathering of people from other theatre volunteer organizations, in the spring of 1972.
The first meeting was so much fun, so informative and energizing, that the delegates wanted to meet again. The Alley Theatre in Houston offered to host the next meeting in the spring of 1974. At that gathering the name CAVORT and the system of choosing a host theatre for biennial meetings were born.

A board was formed with officers and members at large. The board meets during the interim year to discuss the next conference and offer any help needed. CAVORT is a non-profit organization registered in Kentucky.
The conferences include informative speakers, educational break out sessions, and the opportunity to interact with volunteers from other theatres. Break-out sessions offer information on fund raising, how volunteers fit into the theatre's picture, recruiting and retaining volunteers, recognizing volunteers, new uses for volunteer services, etc.  Lou & Sarah Bellamy

In recent years there have been discussions about the changing role of the volunteer and how to deal with this issue.
The members of CAVORT realize there is a great need for this organization because of the plight of many of the regional theatres in North America. CAVORT hopes to recruit more theatres to the conferences for the purpose of offering tools which will benefit them in new and better ways for utilizing their volunteers.