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.
Our Hot Summer Mailbag Episode
The Broadway/Regional divide, Union beefs, the challenges of expanding a season, dream productions, and a beautiful perspective on talkbacks make this a perfect summer mailbag episode.
Theater Needs a Check-Up
Live events are back to normal, but theaters and artists are struggling in the wake of COVID. From show cancellations to lagging ticket sales, we dive into our experience as well as what we're hearing from theaters across the country as they try to recover from the last two years.
All About Our WI Wrights New Play Festival
An in-depth look at our biennial new play festival, Wisconsin Wrights. This unique festival features three new works by WI playwrights, showcased in professionally-produced readings and talkbacks with audiences. The 2022 WI Wrights festival runs May 18-21.
Announcing Our 2022-23 Season
We discuss each of our four plays for 22-23, and share the process of building a complete theater season. A behind-the-scenes look from a company that produces newer work, fresh from Broadway and beyond.
Desperately Seeking (New) Scripts
In the wake of the cancellation of the Humana Festival of New Plays, we talk about new work in theater, why it's important to us, and how we (and you) can best support it.
The Talkback Strikes Back
Make no mistake, we LOVE talkbacks. But this polarizing topic has entered the chat again, and it has theaters buzzing. We offer our take on the new (and necessary) conversation about the role and impact of postshow discussions.
Really appreciated your thoughtful discussion on Covid and our shared theatrical future.
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.
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.