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You make our work possible!

There are many ways to support the work we do in the community, beyond the cost of a theater ticket.

Individual Giving

Each year we rely on the generous support of our donors. Ticket sales cover just half of what it costs to mount our high-quality productions of compelling and thought-provoking stories.


Corporate Support

Madison’s corporate community has played a significant role in advancing Forward’s vision of creating a home base for Wisconsin theater professionals and audiences that expands the cultural and economic life of our area.



Please SAVE THE DATE for next year’s Feast Forward, celebrating Forward Theater’s 15th Anniversary.


Endowment Funds

FTC created a special fund to underwrite the salary for one actress per season as a tribute to Colleen, who brought so much joy to Madison audiences.


“Challenging times, such as these, call for us to support the arts now more than ever. Please join me in strengthening the future of Forward Theater and our community of artists, not only with your presence at performances, but with your financial gifts, large and small. Together, we can help Forward meet our mission of sustaining local, professional theater.”

– Rozan Anderson, Former Board Chair

“There is no way to overstate what Forward’s commitment to the Wisconsin theatrical artist means at this time. While many of my colleagues are needing to contemplate and/or make massive career shifts, some seeking work outside of theater for the first time in many decades, Forward’s commitment to the theater artists who call FTC home equals out in measurable ways as: mortgage/rent payments, food on the table, and covering the essential costs of living.”

– Sarah Deming-Henes, Stage Manager

“Through these recent tumultuous years, we doubled down on our commitment to sustain not only our own organization, but also artists and arts companies throughout Wisconsin. We honored all our contracts, maintained our staff levels, created new paid opportunities for freelance artists, and brought together leaders both locally and statewide to problem-solve and collaborate. Now we are looking to the future — relying on the support of our community as we rebuild audiences, navigate safety protocols, and maintain our exceptional production quality despite rising costs.”

– – Jen Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director