Creating a home base for Wisconsin theater professionals and audiences that expands the cultural and economic life of the greater Madison area.
Forward Theater Company is a not-for-profit professional theater company founded to provide exceptional theater experiences for area audiences and give professional actors, designers, and directors an artistic home.
This company was founded on a commitment to the civic life of our community. We felt that the Madison area, home to the University of Wisconsin and the state government, needed locally produced, professional theater to add to the cultural fabric of our city.
It was also founded in order to create jobs for many of the talented actors, designers, technicians, directors, and other theater artists who live in this area. Our work not only supports Wisconsin playwrights, it provides hands-on experience for students in area college theater programs.
Madison and its surrounding communities have always been supportive of the arts in many forms — theater, music, dance and visual arts presented by amateur, semi-professional, and professional organizations. Forward Theater Company is proud be a resident organization in the beautiful Overture Center for the Arts, providing opportunities for artists and audiences to explore great dramas and provoke conversations about the issues that matter the most.
We are proud to partner with groups like Wisconsin Wrights, Overture Center for the Arts, the University of Wisconsin , Madison Department of Theatre and Drama, American Players Theatre,The Wisconsin Story Project, Wisconsin Public Radio, Dane County Libraries, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to bring exciting, engaging, and challenging theater experiences to an ever increasing audience.