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

The Alliance Theatre's 2020-2021 Season
The Alliance Theatre Announces Reopening For 2020/21 Season In November
Scenes from ActOUT at the Alley Theatre Featuring “The Carpenter” on Jan. 31
New season by SF's ACT: Even Scrooge has to face the coronavirus pandemic
Arena Stage – Let's send some joy! Imagine your friend or loved one receiving a surprise video …
Scenes from the Vault—Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
The professor and the dancer: How an unlikely duo is helping Dallas cultural institutions create …
American Conservatory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and More Announce New Season Plans
Arena Stage, Georgetown University & Andrew R. Ammerman Extend Multi-Season Partnership
Alliance announces 2020-2021 offerings
How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Singing, Dancing, Knife Fighting
Houston's Stages theater surviving the pandemic better than most
The Alliance Theatre is partnering with others for the virtual premiere of 'A Kids Play About Racism'
American Conservatory Theater says no in-person shows for 10 more months
Alliance Theatre announces reopening for 52nd season in November
American Conservatory Theater Announces Season Lineup Including the World Premiere of SOUL …
Perseverance Theatre reveals first show of upcoming season
Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Announces 2020/21 Season
Camp Arena Stage—DC's longest-running daycamp for the arts—goes online
Alliance Theatre Announces its 2020-21 Season, Featuring World Premiere Musical ACCIDENTAL …
Alliance Theatre's Next Season to Include Drive-In Shows and Streaming
City looks to extend rent deferment for its tenants
Dallas Theater Center offering virtual summer classes
Seret Scott Wins Gordon Davidson Award
Alley Theatre Associate Producer Brandon Weinbrenner Discusses His Love For the Arts in …

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