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.  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

Cleveland Play House Presents EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Arena Stage's Newsies, Featuring Newsboys and Newsgirls, Extends Run
August Wilson's “Jitney” at Mark Taper Forum
Alliance's 'A Christmas Carol' mixes new and old in this holiday classic
Through Community Ritual, 'What To Send Up When It Goes Down' Responds To Racist Violence
'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Santaland Diaries' at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Race, fat-shaming and grit. The 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays tackles it all
Here's What's Coming To The 2020 Humana Festival Of New American Plays
Actors Theatre Of Louisville Announces The 44th Humana Festival Of New American Plays
The Phantom of the Opera star becomes ill during a performance at DCPA, reports say
Inside Rehearsals for the World Premiere of Moby-Dick at American Repertory Theater
Liam Gallagher at Manchester Arena – stage times, set list and support
NEWSIES Will Receive Six Show Extension For Run at Arena Stage
CMAs 2019: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire dazzle on the red carpet
Finalists Announced For Dorothy And Richard E. Sherwood Award
From Scrooge to a disgruntled elf, Christmas has arrived at Actors Theatre in Louisville
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Discusses August Wilson's "Jitney" (Part 4)
Tarah Flanagan and Alex Brightwell – “Every Brilliant Thing” with Cleveland Play House
UGA Balcony Theater to host live reading of 'Mercy' TV pilot
Little Mix at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena – stage times, support acts, set list, tickets and …
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Gersh Signs 'Mindhunter' Actress Lauren Glazier
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On the Town: YWCA event celebrates female leadership opportunities

Denotes Founding Theatres*

Actors Theatre of Louisville*

Louisville, KY

Robert Barry Fleming, 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