37 episodes

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

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 18 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.

    Zooming Your Theater Season Like a Boss

    Zooming Your Theater Season Like a Boss

    We interview Michael Barakiva, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre! Michael not only helped create an open dialogue among American theaters during the COVID-19 crisis, but he is also leading his Ithaca, NY company through a summer season of virtual productions. Get ready to take some notes, fellow producers.Check out their virtual summer season of plays and concerts: Hangar Theatre Company

    • 30 min
    Podcasts We Love: Blacker the Berry

    Podcasts We Love: Blacker the Berry

    In this episode, we take a break from our own voices and share an episode of a podcast that we love. 'Blacker the Berry' is produced by Di'Monte Henning and Lights! Camera! Soul! in Milwaukee, and features stories that celebrate and explore the Black experience. Highly recommended. Check it out HERE.

    • 35 min
    Our Favorite Live Theater Experiences

    Our Favorite Live Theater Experiences

    Preface: We recorded this episode prior to the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd, and prior to the collective (and hopefully permanent) shift in focus within the American theater community. We assure you that future episodes will address this conversation. The ethereal and impermanent nature of theater is, well, THE THING, right? It's why we love it, it's why we return to the experience every chance we get. In this episode, the team shares their favorite live theater experiences, from obscure storefronts to big-time Broadway blockbusters. 

    • 26 min
    How to Plan Your Next Theater Season

    How to Plan Your Next Theater Season

    Just kidding, we have no idea. But we break down the COVID-19 puzzle from a regional theater standpoint, share what we're seeing from other theaters in America, and dream of plays we hope we'll be reading (and producing) in 2021-22.   

    • 28 min
    Our Favorite Arts Content in Quarantine

    Our Favorite Arts Content in Quarantine

    In this episode, we celebrate the current online theater phenomenon and share our favorite arts-in-quarantine content, created by brilliant artists and organizations worldwide. Quick links to the content we discuss in this episode:NY Times Sondheim Birthday ReviewPlay at HomeGeffen Playhouse "Stayhouse"Arizona Theatre Company Digital BackstageMilwaukee Rep at Home

    • 32 min
    Interview with Karen Olivo of Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge'

    Interview with Karen Olivo of Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge'

    In this episode, we sit down with Broadway dynamo and Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, who shares her experience during the initial COVID-19 crisis. We also discuss the pressure on artists to create during this time, and what this "intermission" may provide as they prep for their return to the stage.

    • 36 min

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18 Ratings

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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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