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.

Vision Statement

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.


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.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  Statement

Approved by the Board of Directors on October 30, 2017

We aim to help our theatres to take a leadership role to foster and accelerate their growing commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by supporting projects that advance organizational change and engage new communities with the theatres. Theatre Forward’s leadership aims to provide informed, authentic leadership for overall cultural equity, as we strive to…

  • Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organizational progress.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies.
  • Commit time and resources to fundraise and support our signature Advancing Strong Theatre initiative.

Land Acknowledgement

Theatre Forward acknowledges that its office space is situated on the traditional homeland of the Lenape People past and present. We do this to thank and honor the inhabitants of this land. Learn more about land acknowledgments here.


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.
Theatre Forward is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID is: 13-2913176.
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