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

Act Out: Vote2020 With Danai Gurira, Stephen Daldry, and Two-Time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn …
Theatre News: Arena Stage Produces First Live Production, 'Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!'
Arena Stage Delivers Outdoor Performances of 'Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It!'
Theater World to Unite for Get-Out-The-Vote Event on Oct. 29 | Voice of America – English
Danai Gurira, Stephen Daldry, and Lynn Nottage Will Present Act Out: Vote2020
Photo Flash: Farmers Alley Theatre Presents THE CONVICTION OF LADY LORRAINE, A TELEPLAY
Dallas Theater Center Announces New Fall Education Plans
Binational playmaking takes exuberant, revealing form in the Russian-American 'Flash Acts'
Tickets Are Now On Sale for Fall/Winter 2020 Alliance Theatre Productions
The Show Must Go On
Peter Ostrum – Star of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Cirque of the Dead
Listen Up! Audio Plays Take Center Stage Amid Pandemic
John de Blaquiere's bridge
Life for theater workers during COVID, and virtual performances to watch at home
Takin in a night of the paranormal with Tim Weisberg at The Alley Theatre
Tony nominee and LA stage regular Anthony Chisholm dies at 77
E. Faye Butler to rock the vote as Fannie Lou Hamer at Arena Stage
Esperanza America, Sal Lopez, Sandra Marquez and More Announced for Virtually Produced …
Alley Theatre to host drag queen show October 24
Arena Stage to Host Outdoor Performances of FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON IT!
'Jagged Little Pill,' 'Moulin Rouge!' dominate Tony nominations
Dallas Theater Center Expands Community Engagement Programming

Theatre Forward Member Theatres

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