We founded Forward Theater Company in 2009 to provide Madison-area audiences with exceptional theater productions, and local professional artists with an artistic home base. We are inspired by the Wisconsin Idea of service to the broader community, and we tie our onstage work to expansive engagement efforts throughout each season.
The plays we produce are fresh, fun, and thought-provoking, bringing the very best of contemporary theater from Broadway and beyond to local audiences. And the Forward Theater experience is all about connection – we offer free pre-show lectures and post-show talkbacks with our artists, and you can always find our staff in the lobby ready to strike up a conversation.
Explore Forward Theater
We’re committed to making our productions as accessible as possible to all audiences.
A glimpse at the inner workings of Forward Theater and insightful conversations that explore a variety of current topics affecting the American theater world.
One of our founding values is transparency. Producing professional theater is not inexpensive, but we consider carefully how we spend each dollar.
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Acknowledging Ho-Chunk Nation’s ancestral lands, Forward Theater celebrates the rich traditions, heritage, and culture that thrived long before our arrival.
We respectfully recognize this Ho-Chunk land and affirm that we are better when we stand together. We encourage you to learn more about Ho-Chunk Nation at ho-chunknation.com.