Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) is the oldest  continuously producing African-American professional theatre company west of the Mississippi.  Founded in San Francisco in 1981, LHT produces plays by America's foremost African-American and multicultural playwrights; provides employment and career-building opportunities for actors, directors, designers, and technicians; and fosters youth development and education through workshops and outreach.  LHT distinguishes itself as an eclectic learning community, sustained by both rigor and creativity drawing from aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and strengthen the performing arts.