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

Main Street Theater Announces 46th Season
Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie Will Retire at End of 2021
Alley Theatre Expands its Offerings and Talent Across the Board in its New Season
Michael Ritchie will retire from Center Theatre Group and 'make space' for a new voice
Commentary: Center Theatre Group needs more than a new leader. It needs to blow up the status …
MCHS graduation is set Friday at the Gold Bowl
Review: Stacy Ross a perfect host in ACT's quirky 'Communion'
Costume Rentals Market Growing Popularity and Emerging Trends | American Conservatory …
Goodman Theatre resumes live, in-person performances July 30
7 best Houston in-person and virtual plays and performances for June
Karen Allen talks 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' 40th anniversary, Cleveland Play House and Nazi monkeys
Monterey Jazz Festival returns with terrific lineup for 2021
Arena Stage releases 2021-2022 performance schedule
Alliance Theatre announces return to indoor productions in 2021-22 season
Hassan Salem Of US Bank Named Chair-Elect Of The Board Of Trustees Of The Denver Center For …
Alliance Theatre announces return to indoor performances
Alliance Theatre's 2021-2022 Season Will Open With the World Premiere of Darlin' Cory From …
Backyard Broadway, music and a play in the park top Farmers Alley lineup for summer
Alice in Rainbowland, American Repertory Theater at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge MA , Online …
World Premiere of New Musical DARLIN' CORY, TONI STONE and More Announced for Alliance …
Arena Stage announces robust lineup for September reopening
In 'Alice in Rainbowland,' LGBTQIA+ Artists Send A Message With Movement
Alliance Theatre Brings Drama Camps to Decatur
Pre-Broadway Dates Set for 1776, Idina Menzel to Star in Wild & More ART Season Updates

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