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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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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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

    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. 

    • 28 min
    Theater Needs a Check-Up

    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. 

    • 36 min
    All About Our WI Wrights New Play Festival

    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. 

    • 35 min
    Announcing Our 2022-23 Season

    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. 

    • 28 min
    Desperately Seeking (New) Scripts

    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.

    • 27 min
    The Talkback Strikes Back

    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.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

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Thanks

Really appreciated your thoughtful discussion on Covid and our shared theatrical future.

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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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Forward Thinking

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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