Performing Arts Veterans Allison Lott and Kathryn Lott Join Forces to Launch Lott Entertainment Presents
Arts Company Kicks Off Inaugural Season With Cutting-Edge Theatrical Works
After veteran performing arts powerhouses Allison Lott and Kathryn Lott joined forces in January to form Lott Entertainment — a consulting, project management and special events company — they quickly built an impressive roster of clients, such as The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Texas Monthly magazine and Legacy Community Health. Even with their back-to-back schedule of client events in their new venture, the dynamic duo’s deep-rooted passion for the performing arts has led to the formation of a second company, Lott Entertainment Presents, based on their shared passion for the performing arts and unique skillsets.
Lott Entertainment was formed to “fill the void between you and your next big idea.” With Kathryn’s production background, Allison’s marketing experience, and their combined knowledge of planning and executing events, the two are able to step in on any aspect of a project, from concept to day-of logistics and everything in between to help organizations accomplish some of their loftier project goals.
Lott Entertainment Presents followed soon after, formed to bring deliberately different and provocative works that would not otherwise have been seen in Houston. Having experienced performing arts in places such as New York, Toronto and Chicago, they recognized the void in the body of theatrical work that is currently being presented in Houston.
“There are a treasure trove of works originating in Off and Off Off Broadway theaters, and we aim to bring those experiences right to our own backyard,” notes Kathryn. Allison adds, “We want to bring the shows that excite us as audience members. As a show promoter throughout my career, my radar has always been pointed toward the audience. Combining that benchmark with Kathryn’s curatorial vision will allow us to reach new audiences and give them performances that will entertain as well as challenge them.”
To that end, Lott Entertainment Presents kicked off its inaugural season in November with an exciting partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public, one of New York City’s most celebrated institutions for emerging and accomplished performance artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, it opened in 1998 and supports young and established artists. Joe’s Pub showcases talent from all over the world, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually. “A series like this is unprecedented, and we are beyond thrilled to work directly with Joe’s Pub at the Public to create the first ever Joe’s Pub Series outside New York,” says Allison about the alliance. Kathryn adds, “I knew when Allison and I started this company that Joe’s Pub at the Public would be an integral part of our programming. With the help of Shanta Thake, the director of Joe’s Pub, we were able to make that ambition a reality for us and for Houston.”
Lott Entertainment Presents’ inaugural season also includes The Other Mozart, which tells the story of Nannerl, another prodigy perhaps more talented than her brother, Wolfgang Amadeus. Giving up her career when she reached “marrying age,” this musical genius would never be known to the world. The one-woman performance by Sylvia Milo — directed by Isaac Byrne — has been nominated for eight New York Innovative Theatre Awards, a Drama Desk Award and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance.
In May 2016, Austin’s The Rude Mechanicals will make its first Houston appearance since 2006 with The Method Gun, a play gleaned from the historical documents of Stella Burden, actor-training guru from the ‘60s and ‘70s, about the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life. One reviewer wrote, “In this immensely funny, abruptly touching physical-theater work… They keep taking perilous theatrical leaps, but we are the ones to feel sweaty-palmed, nearly vertiginous exhilaration.”
Performances will take place at Houston’s newest performing arts venue, MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston). Tickets range from $25 to $50. Visit lottentertainmentpresents.com for more information.