Big Questions - June Blog 2015
by Advisory Company member Michael Herold and Board Member Steve Suleski

Spring fever hit two FTC family members pretty hard this month, and in their mania they conducted a hard-hitting interview to introduce you one of our beloved Board members, Steve Suleski. The interview was conducted in pig latin, and translated by Advisory Company member Michael Herold.

Michael:
Okay Steve, here come the big questions. Just take a deep breath, you'll be fine. Pleas do not feel that you have to answer the questions in order, or at all, even though typing them has taken me several precious hours of my life. Like I said, no pressure.

1.Outside of my offer of an all expenses paid trip for two to Italy, (which I'm glad you didn't accept, as I can barely afford the occasional getaway to Rockford), what inspired you to join the Forward Board?

Steve:
First, the opportunity to hear your travel stories. I’ve been wanting to get to Rockford for a long time now. The people in Janesville say it’s real nice. Second, the stories told in the Playhouse by the Forward Family are so compelling, I wanted to be part of it. As I don’t have acting experience, have never written a script, and am not very handy with tools, electronics, etc., I thought the Board might be the easiest way for me to get involved.

M:
2. As several Forward events involve the ingestion of food, do you find eating with the Board as frightening and primal as dining with the Advisory Company ( especially the Actors)?

S:
I live to eat! Enough said…

M:
3. Are Board meetings actually boring, or was this monicker chosen to disguise the true Bacchanalian nature of the "meetings"?

S:
How could an FTC Board meeting ever be characterized as boring?!? There are accruals to discuss, resolutions to consider, fundraisers to imagine. We also spend a lot of time talking about our personal relationships with the theater. It’s very therapeutic – but boring, NEVER!

M:
4. In one word, or less, what do you find most intriguing about your Board Buddy?

S:
Rockford.

M:
and finally, on a more serious note:
5. In your time with Forward, is there a particular insight into our Family that you would like to share with our audience ?

S:
The Forward Family is a very caring group, driven by art and grounded in sustainability. I have never come across an organization (especially a nonprofit) that blends so well the passion for its mission with the realities of economic survival. The Forward Family is fun, it offers frequent and wholesome challenges, and it is well fed. I hope they keep me!