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

Global Roundup 2/21 – BE MORE CHILL in the UK, HAMILTON in LA and More!
Photo Flash: DANA H. Extends at Vineyard Theatre; Get a First Look!
Denver Center for the Performing Arts to Present World-Premiere Musical Rattlesnake Kate
Octavio Solis' personal coming-of-age stories come alive on SF Stage
Denver Center Announces 9 Show 2020-21 Season
New DCPA Theatre Company Season Features World Premiere Of 'Rattlesnake Kate' Musical …
Review: Little Women | Dallas Theater Center | Kalita Humphreys Theater
Review: Alley Theatre's 'Camp David' a learning experience
FINNEY'S FRIDAY FREE STUFF: American Conservatory Theater's "Toni Stone" and Zatik Naturals …
Psychic Sally gets set for the Alley Theatre stage in April
Erica DeChicchis helps PNC help the community with arts & education
Middle East Peace Gets The Fly On the Wall Treatment In Camp David
DCPA Theatre Company Announces 2020/21 Season
The Ahmanson's Upcoming Season Is 'Prom'-tastic
Full Cast Announced for SEVEN GUITARS at Arena Stage
Arena Stage's Mother Road Revisits The Grapes of Wrath
The Alley's Camp David Brings Drama of History to Houston Stage
BWW Review: THE WHITE CARD at Penumbra Offers a Brainy Rollercoaster on Race and Art
Corbin Bleu to Star in Catch Me If You Can in Washington, DC
Diane Paulus' 1776 Pre-Broadway Run Now On Sale At The Ahmanson Theatre
Hadestown, The Prom, The Lehman Trilogy, More Will Be Part of Center Theatre Group's 2020 …
THE LEHMAN TRILOGY to Open ACT's 2020–21 Season
Arena Stage announces its history-focused 2020-2021 season
Broadway-Bound Lehman Trilogy Sets Fall 2020 West Coast Premiere with Center Theatre Group
Photo Flash: West Coast Premiere of LITTLE WOMEN at The Old Globe

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