Responsible for artistic oversight of Forward Theater Company.
William Bolz has long been active in Madison theater. Forward Theater audiences may have seen him in The Farnsworth Invention and the Soul Food monologue festival, and heard him calling bingo numbers in Good People. He has acted with many area theater companies, including APT, Madison Rep, Madison Theatre Guild, Strollers, and Mercury Theatre. He recently earned his MFA in Acting from The University of WI, and frequently appears in online comedy videos from Madison's own Blame Society Productions.
Jim Buske has acted in, or directed more than 110 plays in Off-Broadway, regional, summer stock, dinner, and community theater. With Forward Theater, he has appeared in All About Eve, Moonlight & Magnolias, and (briefly!) The Farnsworth Invention, as well as the staged readings of Kiritsis, Uncivil Disobedience, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, and Oatesland. Jim was also an original member of the Madison Repertory Theatre’s acting company and appeared in 11 productions there, including Marshall in the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s What Corbin Knew. Other favorites include Ken Talley in The 5th of July, Joseph Surface in School for Scandal, Elwood in Harvey, George in Moon Over Buffalo, Rev. David Lee in The Foreigner, and Sergius in Arms and the Man. He also directed Beyond Therapy for The Rep. Jim lives in Sun Prairie with his wife Stephanie and their son, David. He sends special love to Eily and Sara.
Sarah Day is a Madison native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She began her professional acting career at Wilson Street East Dinner Playhouse while a student at the university, 30 years ago. She performed with both Madison Civic Repertory and Madison Repertory Theatre. Other Wisconsin theater credits include: The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre and First Stage Children's Theater. She has been a guest artist at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Milwaukee campuses, and taught at UW-Richland. She has been a member of the acting company at American Players Theatre in Spring Green since 1986 and is a member of Actors' Equity Association. With Forward Sarah has appeared in All About Eve; Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; A Thousand Words; Collected Stories, and the staged reading of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.
Richard Ganoung is a founding member of Forward Theater Company and has appeared in FTC productions of All About Eve; Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; In the Next Room or the vibrator play; The Farnsworth Invention; Good People; and the staged reading of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays; in addition to assistant directing FTC's Going to St. Ives and directing two original monologues by Christopher Durang in The Love That Changed My Life monologue festival. He has also appeared regionally with the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., Madison Repertory Theatre, First Stage Children's Theater, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Film credits include starring roles in the independent films Parting Glances, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, and Scrooge & Marley. He is also the voice of Astro Boy's father in the popular Japanese cartoon series. Richard holds an undergraduate acting degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also attended New York's Circle in the Square Professional Training Program. He is a proud member of both the Screen Actors Guild of America and Actors' Equity, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers. Richard makes his home in Madison.
Michael Herold came to Madison in 1986 and was cast in The Foreigner, the first of more than 16 plays with the Madison Rep. For Forward, Michael has appeared in All About Eve, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; The Farnsworth Invention; Sons of the Prophet; the staged reading of Oatesland, and both monologue festivals. Elsewhere, Michael has performed in more than a dozen productions at the Milwaukee Rep, as well as acting with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. He appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago, and has been featured in productions with New American Theater and Artists’ Ensemble in Rockford, and New Court Theatre in Beloit. Michael has also toured nationally and regionally, and has performed at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis and the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego, as well as several Shakespeare festivals around the country. In addition to being featured in regional and national television commercials, Michael also appeared in the recent film Baraboo. Originally from Ohio, he holds an MFA from the University of Akron. Michael lives in Sun Prairie with his wife Tracy and their children, Olivia and Gabriel. Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Jessica Bess Lanius is an actor, director and proud native of Wisconsin. She is the co-founder of Theatre Lila, an ensemble-based theatre company created in New York City. As a director Jessica explores and expands the theatrical terrain, incorporating the physical body, text, music, video and imagery to create a multi-dimensional fusion of storytelling. With Theatre Lila she has created the original works: Shakespeare’s Women: Under the Corset, Wrecked, Julie, Firecracker, & The Waltz of Elementary Particles. Wisconsin Directing/Choreographic works include: Spring Awakening & Big Love at UW-Stevens Point, Four Season’s Theatre Les Miserables, CTM’s Anne of Green Gables, Wisconsin Wrights Discovering Austen and Theatre Lila’s No Child. As an actor Jessica has worked in stage, film and television. Favorite roles include: Catherine in Forward Theater's In the Next Room or the vibrator play , Jill in The Big Funk , Julie in Julie , Nina in Nina Variations, Ophelia in Under the Corset, and Edgar in The Leer Project . She has also appeared in numerous national network commercials including Claritin, Toyota, Special K, Babybel, and V-8. Jessica graduated with a BFA from UW-Stevens Point and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.
Georgina Mckee is delighted to be part of the advisory company of Forward Theater, where she has previously appeared in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, The Soul Food Monologue Festival, A Thousand Words, and the staged reading of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. A native of Madison, Georgina now lives in Milwaukee where her recent acting credits include; Mom in Jackie & Me (First Stage Children's Theater), Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George (Skylight Music Theatre), Meg in Crimes of the Heart (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), the title roles in Sylvia and Mary’s Wedding (Next Act Theatre), Viola in Twelfth Night (Optimist Theatre), Carly in Reasons To Be Pretty (Renaissance Theaterworks), Eve/Barbara/Ella in The Apple Tree and Lori in Romantic Fools (In Tandem), and ensemble roles in Bombshells and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep). Regional credits include productions with American Players Theatre, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The Fireside Theatre. Georgina holds a BFA in acting from Southern Oregon University.
Karen Moeller has worked at the Bartell with Strollers Theatre and Mercury Players Theatre, at Broom Street Theater, Madison Rep, Alley Stage, Children's Theater of Madison, and of course, Forward Theater. Forward credits include All About Eve; In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The Farnsworth Invention, Sons of the Prophet, both monologue festivals, and the staged reading of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. In other media, she has performed in internet series, and television and radio commercials, both locally and regionally. Karen studied theater at the University of Iowa and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She then moved to New York City, where she worked on stage and in television and film. A native of Door County, she is proud to call Wisconsin (and especially Madison!) her home. Karen is constantly amazed at how rich our community is with actors, designers, writers, and directors, all of whom possess such a deep commitment to the art and craft of theater.
Frank Schneeberger is currently a theater technician for Overture Center for the Performing Arts. His set designs for Forward include Love Stories, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, and All About Eve. From 1978-2002, he was the resident designer/technical director for Madison Repertory Theatre, helping it to grow from a small community theater to a nationally-recognized, professional, regional company. During this time, Frank designed and built more than 140 sets. Between 1974-1978, he was the resident designer/technical director for the Children's Theater of Madison. In addition, Frank’s designs have been seen at American Players Theatre, Cider Mill Playhouse (Binghamton, NY), Theatre X (Milwaukee), Racine Theatre, University of Wisconsin, Madison Opera, Strollers Theatre, Mercury Players Theatre, Madison Theatre Guild, Madison Savoyards, Edgewood College, and Wisconsin Youth Theatre.
Kirk Stantis has been actively working in theater since he was 15 years old, when he talked his way into a job as a “junior” stagehand at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. After being plucked from the sun-drenched land of Southern California in 1971 and planted in the frozen tundra of Madison, continued his education and work in theater with the Madison Theater Guild, University Players, Madison Civic Repertory Theater, Madison Savoyards, Phi Beta, and of course, Forward Theater. Highlights of his career include stage managing the first amateur production of Company and being part of several Forward Theater production teams. Kirk is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 251.
Michele Traband got hooked on theater in high school, after following a boy to an audition for South Pacific. She currently works as a development specialist for American Players Theatre, and has more than 25 years of experience as an arts administrator. Previous positions include general manager of the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s University Theatre, program manager for the National Theatre Conservatory (Denver, CO), program director for both the UW-Milwaukee’s Professional Theatre Training Program, the University of Hartford’s Hartt School Theatre Division, and the director of ticketing services for the Lied Center at the University of Kansas. Michele holds an MFA in arts administration from Brooklyn College. She is a proud founding member of Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee, and has served as a board member for several not-for-profit organizations around the country.
Charles J. Trieloff II received his MFA in set design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For Forward Theater Charles previously designed sets and/or props for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Good People, Love Stories, A Thousand Words, The Farnsworth Invention, and Going to St. Ives. Charles has also designed both sets and props for dozens of productions at the Children’s Theater of Madison, University Theater, Madison Ballet, and Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park. He was the prop master at Madison Repertory Theatre for nine years, and is currently the prop master at American Players Theatre. Outside of the theater world Charles designed the themed reception areas for the Old Sauk location of Children’s Dental Health.
Sam White has worked in professional, academic, and community theater for more than 35 years. He studied theater at Edgewood College and "cut his teeth" at the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival. His professional credits include performances at the Madison Rep (he was the first addition to the Rep’s original acting company in 1983), TAPIT/new works, the University of Wisconsin, Madison's summer theater seasons, and of course Forward Theater, where he appeared in All About Eve, and the Soul Food Monologue Festival. In Milwaukee Sam has appeared with In Tandem Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, and the former Theater Tesseract. He is also familiar to almost every community theater group in Madison as an actor, director, and playwright. The former artistic director of Madison Theatre Guild, he was also a founding member and former president of Madison’s Playwright’s Ink. In addition to more than 150 theater productions, Sam has appeared in more than 120 commercials and industrial training films, including the original Hulu series "Battleground." Two of Sam's plays have been workshopped through the Wisconsin Wrights program, and Forward did a reading of Oatesland as part of its New Play Development Series in 2012.