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

Billie Eilish iHeartRadio Music Festival | HYPEBEAST
Music, culture, family celebrated alongside heartache in 'American Mariachi' – Chicago Sun-Times
Oglethorpe alumna stars in Alliance Theatre production "Darlin' Cory" – The Source
'Toni Stone' chronicles first woman in Negro Leagues at Arena Stage, Nationals Park | WTOP
Coldplay Delivers Uplifting iHeartRadio Music Festival Performance – Z100
Bill Army and Amelia Pedlow to Star in DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE at George Street Playhouse
VIDEO: Watch 'Name On The Wall' From The 2021 Palefsky Collision Project – Broadway World
Review: 'Darlin' Cory' finalizes Alliance's Appalachian trilogy – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
George Street Playhouse Announces Cast For Ken Ludwig's "Dear Jack, Dear Louise"
Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Reminds Us That We Are Worthy Of Healing – Broadway World
​21 Cultural Events Worth Traveling for in Fall 2021 – AARP
Beck Center for the Arts Announces Audience Vaccination Policies – Broadway World
In Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton's new comedy, a small town attempts to address its AIDS crisis
Global Costume Rentals Market 2021 Industry Analysis By 2026 – SoccerNurds
You Could Buy Props From The A.R.T.'s Productions At Its First-Ever Warehouse Sale | WBUR News
Original Cast and Creative Team Return For CELIA AND FIDEL at Arena Stage – Broadway World
Local band Bourne to play at Alley Theatre –
ART's 'The Arboretum Experience' is the balm – The Boston Globe
Dracula: A Radio Play – Actors Theatre of Louisville
Arena Stage Premieres Play about Toni Stone's Complexities – The Washington Informer
Costume Play Market On-Going Trends, Future Prospects and Forecast 2026 – SoccerNurds
Costume Rentals Market Size and Forecast (2021-2027) – Murphy's Hockey Law
Theatre Review: 'Toni Stone' Hits It Out of the Park at Arena Stage
Very Artsy News: Houston Ballet, COVID-19 Policies, and More | Houstonia Magazine
Broadway star returns home to Kalamazoo to direct 'Songs for a New World' at Farmers Alley Theatre

Theatre Forward Member Theatres

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

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