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From Madison to Manhattan, this podcast discusses theater on a local, regional and national level. Artistic Director Jen Uphoff Gray, Managing Director Julie Swenson, and Theater Writer/Dramaturg Mike Fischer offer a glimpse at running a regional theater company in the Midwest while exploring a variety of current topics affecting the American theater world. Insightful and timely conversations about the arts from flyover country.

Theater Forward Jen Uphoff Gray, Julie Swenson, and Mike Fischer | Forward Theater Company

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From Madison to Manhattan, this podcast discusses theater on a local, regional and national level. Artistic Director Jen Uphoff Gray, Managing Director Julie Swenson, and Theater Writer/Dramaturg Mike Fischer offer a glimpse at running a regional theater company in the Midwest while exploring a variety of current topics affecting the American theater world. Insightful and timely conversations about the arts from flyover country.

    What We're Excited to See in 2024-25

    What We're Excited to See in 2024-25

    It's our favorite time of the year! Theaters across the country are announcing their productions for the 2024-25 season, and we've got a LONG list of shows that we want to see. In this episode, we discuss the shows we're looking forward to locally, regionally, and across the country. 

    • 29 min
    Forward Theater's 2024-25 Season

    Forward Theater's 2024-25 Season

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! This is when theater companies across the country announce their upcoming seasons, which means that theater is alive in America. In this episode, the team breaks down (and geeks out about) the lineup for Forward Theater's 2024-25 season:
    KING JAMES by Rajiv Joseph
    MURDER GIRL by Heidi Armbruster
    SUMMER, 1976 by David Auburn
    A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by Samuel D. HunterLearn more about these plays at ForwardTheater.com.

    • 34 min
    Mentors (a Michael Blakemore tribute)

    Mentors (a Michael Blakemore tribute)

    Mike Fischer interviews Forward Theater Artistic Director (and fellow host) Jen Uphoff Gray! Jen discusses the valuable role of mentors in the arts, while reflecting on her formative relationship with Tony award-winning director Michael Blakemore. A thoughtful conversation about how we cultivate a new generation of theater directors, with a few juicy showbiz tales that include David Mamet and Woody Allen for good measure. Also mentioned in this episode: Forward Theater's Wisconsin Directors Lab - an inclusive workshop for the education and career development of emerging directors, scheduled for January 2025.  

    • 40 min
    No Longer a World Premiere...Now What? - Interview w/ Samuel Hunter

    No Longer a World Premiere...Now What? - Interview w/ Samuel Hunter

    What happens after a play moves on from its shiny status as a World Premiere?Playwright Samuel Hunter joins us to discuss the journey of a play, from its exciting life as a World Premiere through its crucial 2nd and 3rd productions. A brilliant conversation that provides insight into the world of creating (and supporting) new works in American theater. 

    • 36 min
    The Best of 2023

    The Best of 2023

    We look back at the theatrical highlights of 2023, and dive into our favorite experiences over the last year. We also take a moment to applaud the productions and artists that continue to take theater to the next level, and inspire us to keep looking forward. 

    • 39 min
    The Art of Making Money in Theater

    The Art of Making Money in Theater

    We sit down with Forward Theater Director of Development Sarah Milestone to talk about every theater's favorite word: REVENUE. Making money in theater is a delicate dance. We dive into the world of donors, events, and the (lack of) government support for an artform that relies on more than just ticket sales to thrive.Correction at 18:56:Economic impact of the arts in the state of Wisconsin is $930 million and in Dane County it is $350 million according to the most recent research from Americans for the Arts. It was mistakenly reported at $400 million for the state. 

    • 36 min

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A must-listen for theater fans

This podcast is a dream! Not just about Madison—talks about theater related topics which affect the entire theater community.

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Much like the contemporary theater Forward produces, their Theater Forward podcast is relevant, engaging, thoughtful, and whip-smart. Highly recommended for Madison theater artists and beyond.

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