Theatre Forward has a network of nonprofit theatres located in 19 cities across the country.  Our theatres share many characteristics: independently determined programming, seasons of nine months or more, multiple stages, full-time professional staff and a record of artistic excellence.

Theatre Forward, formerly National Corporate Theatre Fund, was created in 1977 by our 10 founding member theatres.  Our founding theatres each have a representative who serves on our Board of Directors, pay annual dues, and receive annual philanthropic support for general operations.

Beginning in 2006, an additional nine comparable theatres were brought on by the founding theatres to expand Theatre Forward’s reach in education and other initiatives.

Theatre Forward is not currently considering new theatre members at this time.

News from our Theatres

Arena Stage Releases '51st State,' A Movie About DC Statehood
Video: Kevin Moriarty
Arena Stage docudrama makes case for making DC 'The 51st State'
Cleveland Play House Announces Virtual Programming For 2020-2021 Theatre Season
Cleveland Play House announces series of virtual events for 105th season
In the News: Dramatists Guild Foundation Names New Fellows, Release Date Set for Netflix's …
Arena Stage Releases Third World-Premiere Film, 'The 51st State'
Challenged to examine their White bias, some theater companies are taking on diversity — from …
New film highlights Black Lives Matter movement and DC's fight for statehood
To understand what's going on in the streets of DC, theaters are having stage artists make movies
Review: 'In Love and Warcraft' Serves Romance for Noobs
Walk down memory lane at The Alley Theatre
Public Works Dallas Announces Seed Project
David Hyde Pierce Joins Julia Child Drama on HBO Max
Arena Stage tackles DC statehood, racism in livestream '51st State'
ART Announces Initial Action Steps to Further Anti-Racism Commitment
John Bishop announces Hull Bonus Arena show on world tour
City Lights: Watch The 51st State or See Renate Aller's side walk
Looking Back to Look Forward, Part Three: Funding
David Strathairn to Star in Radio Play Adaptation of It Can't Happen Here
Louisville shows this week: 'Dracula,' 'George Gershwin Alone,' Magician Cody Clark & more
Jillian Jensen and band to play in downtown Middleboro
Arena Stage Debuts Third World-Premiere Film THE 51ST STATE
American Conservatory Theater, Perseverance Theatre cast virtual spell with 'In Love and Warcraft'

Denotes Founding Theatres*

Actors Theatre of Louisville*

Louisville, KY

Robert Barry Fleming, EXECutive Artistic Director

Alley Theatre

Houston, TX

Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta, GA

Susan Booth, Artistic Director

American Conservatory Theater*

San Francisco, CA

Pam mackinnon, Artistic Director
Jennifer Bielstein, Executive Director


American Repertory Theater*

Cambridge, MA

Diane Paulus, Artistic Director
Diane borger, executive producer

Arena Stage

Washington, DC

Molly Smith, Artistic Director
Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer

Center Theatre Group*

Los Angeles, CA

Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director
Meghan Pressman, Managing Director


Cleveland Play House*

Cleveland, OH

Laura Kepley, Artistic Director
Kevin Moore, Managing Director

Dallas Theater Center

Dallas, TX

Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director
Jeffrey Woodward, Managing Director


The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver, CO

Chris coleman, Artistic Director
Charles Varin, Managing Director


Goodman Theatre

Chicago, IL

Robert Falls, Artistic Director
Roche Schulfer, Executive Director

Guthrie Theater*

Minneapolis, MN

Joseph Haj, Artistic DirectoR
James Haskins, Managing Director


Hartford Stage

Hartford, CT

Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director
Cynthia Rider, Managing Director


Long Wharf Theatre*

New Haven, CT

JACOB Padrón, ARTISTIC Director
Kit Ingui, Managing Director



Manhattan Theatre Club

New York, NY

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director
Barry Grove, Executive Producer


The Old Globe*

San Diego, CA

Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director
Timothy j. shields, Managing Director



Seattle Rep*

Seattle, WA

Braden Abraham, Artistic Director
Jeffrey Herrmann, Managing Director


Trinity Repertory Company*

Providence, RI

Curt Columbus, Artistic Director
Tom Parrish, Executive Director



Walnut Street Theatre

Philadelphia, PA

Bernard Havard, President & Producing Artistic Director
Mark D. Sylvester, Managing Director