16thStreet_Bldg_WebFormed in late 2007, Berwyn’s only professional Equity theater is the collective brainchild of Artistic Director Ann Filmer and the NBPD’s Executive Director Joe Vallez. In 2007, the NBPD was putting the finishing touches on the new Berwyn Cultural Center. When Vallez learned of Filmer’s professional credentials and her interest in founding a theater in her new home of Berwyn, a partnership was born and 16th Street Theater took up residence in the Cultural Center’s new 49-seat theater. In November 2009, The 16th Street Theater, NFP received its not-for-profit status with designation as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation existing to provide fundraising and financial support to 16th Street Theater.