Here is your one stop destination for all of the events that happen outside The Playhouse. Info on special appearances, lectures, Play Club, Library Monologues and other community outreach events can be found here.


Community Panel at CUNA Mutual

Forward Theater is partnering with Madison Metropolitan School District and the United Way to create a free community panel and conversation on the CUNA Mutual campus on Friday, February 2nd at 12pm. Members of the Community Schools Initiative as well as educators will present a panel discussion regarding the current state and progress of community and public schools.
Registration for this event is required - REGISTER HERE

Panel speakers:
Nancy Hanks - MMSD Supervisor of Elementary Schools
Sonia Spencer - Mendota Elementary Community Schools Resource Coordinator
Jon Anderson - Door Creek Church, Community Development Pastor
David Hart - Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church, Pastor
Nathan Beck - Madison-area Out of School Time Coordinator

Friday, February 2nd
12:00pm - 1:30pm (including lunch)

Lunch is provided following panel discussion

CUNA Mutual Group Event Center
5810 Mineral Point Rd, Madison



Events TBA


For the third year in a row, the Dane County Public Libraries will host several play club meetings in conjunction with each Forward Theater show. It's fun and easy to take part: just sign up at a participating library to attend the meeting, check out a script and study guide at your library when they arrive, and then head to your library for the discussion. The conversation will be led by a Forward Theater Company artist, and scenes from the play will be read aloud by Forward Theater actors.

Also back by popular demand is the Library Monologue Series, which features performances from our previous monologue festivals by Forward Theater artists, followed by a talkback.

Dates and times for the Play Clubs and Monologue Series are listed below. And if you would like your branch of the public library to host one of these events, please let them (and us) know!

Artistic Associate Karen Moeller - From Page to Stage

Forward Theater Play Clubs in the Library are a part of the From Page to Stage program, which is possible thanks to Beyond the Page, Madison Community Foundation, Dane Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


I & You Play Clubs

Stoughton Public Library
Thursday, October 26th, 6:00pm

Monroe Street Branch of Madison Public Library
Monday, October 30th, 7:00pm
Exit Strategy Play Clubs

Middleton Public Library
Tuesday, January 16th, 6:00pm

Oregon Public Library
Tuesday, January 9th, 6:30pm

Marjorie Prime Play Clubs

Waunakee Public Library
Thursday, March 1st @ 7:00pm

Monroe Street Branch/Madison Public Library
Wednesday, March 7th @ 7:00pm

E.D. Locke Public Library (McFarland)
Wednesday, March 21st @ 6:00pm

Sun Prairie Public Library
Wednesday, March 28th @ 6:00pm


Each presentation consists of five monologues and a talkback

2017 Fall/Winter Performances

Someone's Gotta Do It Monologues
Goodman South Madison Library
Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 6:30 pm

Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues
Deerfield Public Library
Thursday, Nov. 30th, 6:30 pm

Soul Food Monologues
Monona Public Library
Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 6:30 pm

2018 Winter/Spring Performances

Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues
Cambridge Public Library
Thursday, January 25th @ 6:30pm

Someone's Gotta Do It Monologues
Sun Prairie Public Library
Wednesday, March 7th, 6:00pm

The Love That Changed My Life Monologues
Waunakee Public Library
Thursday, March 8th, 7:00 pm