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

Tuesday's Show: Lessons From Houston's Past Emergencies, And Chief Art Acevedo (April 7, 2020)
VIDEO: Benjamin Scheuer Performs 'Weather the Storm' from THE LION
First Person: Words of Hope From Arena Stage's Molly Smith
Alley Theatre reveals new season full of stage gems and Texas tales
New York artists share tips with Californians on how to stay sane in crazy times
How ART's Diane Paulus finds inspiration
Fort Worth's Stage West to stream 'The Children,' play with eerie parallels to the coronavirus crisis
We Will Gather Again, Because We Have To
Hope amid heartbreak: Why some theaters see light at the end of a coronavirus tunnel
How ART's Diane Paulus finds inspiration – at home
Alley Theatre's 2020-21 Season to Include CLUE, Duncan Sheik's NOIR, and More!
Actors Theatre of Louisville Makes Staff Cuts and Salary Reductions
Alley Theatre Moves Chisa Hutchinson's Amerikin and Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone to …
Alley Theatre Announces its 2020-21 Season
Alley Theatre: Virus 'way worse than Harvey'
Patrick Stewart proves artists are 'essential workers' amid coronavirus
VIDEO: Witness A Day In the Life at Center Theatre Group
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Reduces Staffing Costs By Over 50%
These are the 4 can't-miss shows in DFW theater for April
Q&A with Susan V. Booth
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts' LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Will Be Held Online
Making that Virtual College Connection
Now Casting: Arena Stage Wants Video Submissions for Lead Roles + 3 More Gigs
List: Popular Houston hangout spots, venues closed due to coronavirus
Steppenwolf Theatre Announces New Virtual Workshops and Podcast Dates; KING JAMES …

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