Theatre Forward is an association of institutional 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, a 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

BWW Review: THE WOLVES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Talespinner Children's Theatre Founder Alison Garrigan Retires
Meisel, Barbara
BWW Contest: Win Two Tickets To MAYBE HAPPY ENDING At Alliance Theatre!
American Pops Orchestra cleverly re-imagines 'The Pied Piper' at Arena Stage
American Repertory Theater of WNY Presents SOMETHING WICKED
Javanka 2020
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A New Quixote Adaptation Reimagines the Borderlands
With (Robot) Love From Korea
Civic Saturday — Thornton, Colo.
APO's "The Pied Piper" performs LIVE in the Loft
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CLUE: A NEW COMEDY Starring John Treacy Egan, Mariah Burks and More Will Begin …
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Opens At The Mark Taper Forum Tonight
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Robots seek love in futuristic 'Maybe Happy Ending'
Audience gets in on the act in ART's 'Gloria: A Life'
Outpost Rep opens 2020 with 'Grounded'
Behind the Scenes: “Maybe Happy Ending, The Musical!”
Photo Flash: Get a First Look at Production Photos and Video of Sting in THE LAST SHIP
Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman To Direct INDECENT At Menier Chocolate Factory
Center Theatre Group Announces Final Extension Of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
Slipknot at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena – stage times, support, ticket prices and likely set list

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, Acting 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 Repertory Theatre*

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