Theater Forward

Theater Forward
Insightful and timely conversations about the arts from flyover country.

2019 Holiday Shopping Guide for Theater Lovers
Dec 11 • 15 min
Happy Holidays! In this episode, the team shares their favorite holiday gifts for the theater fans in their lives. From repurposed Broadway scenery to some brilliant book ideas, there are some real show-stoppers in here. It will be hard to remember this…
Counting our Blessings: What We’re Thankful for in 2019
Nov 27 • 21 min
In this episode, the team gets grateful for all things theater in 2019. We thank our favorite regional theaters and theater makers, give high fives to some great critics, and send a love letter to the current American theater scene.
Imagination and Wind: Why Do Audiences Love Stage Magic?
Nov 13 • 19 min
The team discusses the current trend of theatrical stage effects and magic, how plays are utilizing this technology to tell compelling stories, and offers an inside look at our experience with flying technology in our current production of ‘For Peter Pan…
Unsubscribe: Cancel Culture in American Theater
Oct 28 • 27 min
The team shares their thoughts on how we deal with work that comes from a “cancelled” artist, and whether we can ever truly separate the artistry from the source.
America’s Most Produced Playwrights in 2019-20
Oct 9 • 21 min
The A-list has just been published, and the team discusses this year’s most-produced playwrights in America. Special nod to the plays of Lauren Gunderson, which we’ve deemed “the potato chips of American theater.”
Say Goodbye to Bathroom Breaks: Audience Expectations in Theater
Sep 25 • 22 min
The team dives into the ever-changing landscape of audience expectations in theater, how it affects what you see on stage, and what it means for the future of playwriting (can we get an intermission, please?).
‘Mary Jane’ Interview With Clare Arena Haden and Mary MacDonald Kerr
Sep 7 • 20 min
Meet ‘Mary Jane’ actress Clare Arena Haden and director Mary MacDonald Kerr, and get their insight into the play, their process, and the ups and downs of a career in professional theater.
What Did You Do This Summer?
Aug 30 • 25 min
Join us around the campfire as we share our summer theater stories! From ‘Moulin Rouge’ on Broadway to Stratford, from Chicago to northern Wisconsin and our own backyards, we saw a LOT of theater. Get the scoop on the best things we saw on stage this…
Paying the Price: Theater at a Premium or Free for All?
Aug 15 • 30 min
In this episode, the team puts ticket prices under the microscope to understand new trends in ticket pricing, what the deal is with “convenience fees,” and why you’re taking out a second mortgage for good Broadway seats.
Help Wanted: Theater Critics
Jul 30 • 27 min
In this episode, the team discusses the growing shortage of theater critics in America, and what theaters around the country are doing to supplement this vital marketing and ticket-selling resource.
The Screenplay(wright)
Jul 16 • 19 min
In this episode, the team discusses the growing trend of playwrights writing for both stage and screen, the impact this has on scripts we consider (or don’t), and what it means for the future of both art forms.
Summertime = Musicals
Jun 26 • 13 min
It’s musical season! From Broadway openings to summerstock gigs, now is the time to sing. In this delightful piece of audio candy, we talk about the current state of musicals, from recent Broadway remounts to our first-ever musical at Forward Theater -…
Triggered: Gun Violence on Stage
Jun 26 • 22 min
In an art form that serves to surprise and challenge its audience, how does a theater address and present gun violence on stage in today’s society? In this episode, the team discusses the ways in which our approach has changed in recent months, what other…
Woo hoo! It’s Award Season.
May 31 • 16 min
It’s Tony Award season (our favorite time of the year)! But it’s also award season for many theater communities around the country. In our latest episode, the team heads to the podium to express their views on various theater awards, both locally and…
To the Barricades: Our Love/Hate Master List
May 15 • 25 min
In this episode, the team lets it all hang out and shares what they would “go to the barricades for” in the world of theater. Good and (really) bad, our list covers the things we love as well as the things we simply cannot abide.
Wrestling With Intimacy
Apr 30 • 23 min
In this episode, we debate the use of Intimacy Design in the rehearsal process, which works to assist with the choreography of intimate or emotionally sensitive moments on stage. It doesn’t take long for the team to go to the mat over this unique trend in…
Don’t Tell David Mamet - Talkbacks are Awesome
Apr 15 • 21 min
In this episode, we discuss the power and popularity of post-show talkbacks, and tell David Mamet to go kick rocks.
What We’re Excited to See in 2019
Mar 27 • 16 min
In this episode, the team gives their “can’t wait to see” lists for 2019, including productions in Wisconsin, the midwest, and Broadway.
Choosing our 19-20 Season
Mar 13 • 22 min
In this episode, the group announces the 2019-20 season for Forward Theater Company, and discusses the process involved in choosing each production.
Resident Companies
Feb 26 • 16 min
On this episode, the group discusses the use of a resident performing company and its impact on area professionals. Forward Theater is used as an example as well as two other highly successful regional theaters in Wisconsin, American Players Theatre and…
Going Pro: Working With Unions From a Producing vs. Performing Perspective
Feb 25 • 17 min
The team talks about the choice to produce as a union-based company, how unions influence careers in Wisconsin and the Midwest, and the recent end to the AEA/Broadway League strike.
Who Are We? Forward Theater Company in a nutshell.
Feb 25 • 7 min
In this introductory episode, the team explains the foundation of Forward Theater Company, a unique professional theater in Madison, WI.