Theatre Forward’s mission is to advance American theatre and its communities. We achieve our mission by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres.
Theatre Forward will increase access and opportunity for all to experience theatre that builds community and sets the stage for individual achievement. Our focus will be twofold: advancing strong theatre and educating through theatre.
Theatre Forward supports nationally recognized nonprofit theatres that achieve the highest standard of artistic excellence.
Theatre Forward enables its funders, partners and supporters to experience a close connection to exceptional theatre and the people who create it.
Theatre Forward contributes to its theatres’ programs in education, lifelong learning and workforce development by creating joint initiatives, sharing best practices and accessing new sources of support.
Theatre Forward is a catalyst for collaboration among its member theatres, supporters, funders and partners as they work together toward strong communities.
Theatre Forward fosters its theatres’ efforts to develop innovative artistic and community engagement programs where theatre is the centerpiece for stimulating greater knowledge, human understanding and self-expression.
Theatre Forward provides financial and in-kind support to theatres that continuously ensure the responsible use of public and private funds.
Founded by our theatres in 1977, Theatre Forward was formerly known as National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF), which was dedicated to sustaining America’s finest not-for-profit theatres, on the stage and in the community through innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists.