Forward Theater Company has a unique three-branch organizational structure, created to reflect our core belief in the importance of communication and maintaining a balance between the artistic choices and financial health of our company.
The first branch is our administrative staff which is responsible for the daily operations of the theater.
The second branch is our board of directors which is responsible for financial oversight of FTC and long-term fiscal planning.
The third branch is our advisory company, made up of local professional theater artists, which is responsible for guiding FTC’s long-term artistic plans.
Our bylaws have mandated paths of communication between these three branches and a system of checks and balances to keep FTC strong, focused on our artistic role in the community and fiscally responsible.
Jennifer Uphoff Gray most recently directed Good People, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, A Thousand Words, The Farnsworth Invention, Moonlight & Magnolias, In the Next Room..., Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, and All About Eve. Regionally, she has directed for Madison Rep and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Also: National Tour of Copenhagen, and Associate Director of Copenhagen, Cabaret, The Blue Room (starring Nicole Kidman) and The Life on Broadway. Jen holds a degree in Dramatic Literature and Stage History from Harvard College, and with her husband Peter is raising her family on Madison’s west side.
Sarah Marty oversees the business functions of the company and serves as FTC's production manager. She is the 2008 recipient of the Bartell Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has a Master’s degree in business from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For UW-Madison Continuing Studies, Sarah is the Director of Theatre and Dance Programs, including Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project and Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. In addition she has worked with several of arts organizations in the Madison area including Four Seasons Theatre, UW Varsity Band Spring Concert, Madison Early Music Festival, and Madison Opera.
Director of Development
Julia Nicholas manages individual giving, grants, and fundraisers. Julia has a Master’s degree in arts administration from the Bolz Center, as well as an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She previously led marketing and public relations efforts for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and marketing research for Lands’ End. In addition, she has worked in marketing and public relations for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale’s Summer School of Music and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Scott Haden manages the marketing and advertising life of Forward Theater. He returns to Madison after serving as Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre for the last three years. Scott has also enjoyed acting for various regional theatres across the country, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre (Jeff Nomination), Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Theatre at the Center and the American Players Theatre. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and a founding member of the Wisconsin Story Project, the Dolphinback Theatre, and the Lovewell Theatre Project, an ensemble of artists that conceive and compose original musicals during intensive three-week collaborations. Scott holds a BFA in Acting from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.
Celia A. Klehr started her professional life as a non-Equity actor in 1976. Because she believes that theater is most relevant when it is for, by, and of a community, Celia has made Madison her home, both professionally and personally. She was a founding member of Forward Theater Company and the Madison Repertory Theatre Acting Company. During her 14 years with the Rep she appeared in more than 20 productions, served as company manager for three years, and earned her Equity status. She has played leading roles in three feature-length films and several documentaries, and has served on the Madison Arts Commission, Madison Sesquicentennial Committee, and the State Street Committee. Celia is dedicated to creating work for theater professionals in Madison and strongly believes that theater is a vital part of Madison’s culture. Most recently, Celia was seen onstage in FTC productions of All About Eve, Moonlight & Magnolias, and Good People.
Kimberly Megna Yarnall most recently worked as artistic coordinator for Fusion Science Theater, a Madison-based company that developed interactive drama programs to educate young people on scientific concepts. Previously she worked as a copywriter and supervisor at Epic, and dramaturg with the Madison Repertory Theatre for The Journey to Sakhalin, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Before making her home in the Midwest, Kimberly was the literary assistant for the Blue Heron Theatre in New York City (2001-2004) where she worked with many playwrights including New York Times Notable Author, John Dufresne on his first play, Trailerville. She curated the Juggernaut Theatre's First 100 Years reading series. Kimberly was also an assistant writer on Broadway’s Tony nominated A Class Act. A published and produced playwright, Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Theater from the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice company.
Alex Moskoff handles bookkeeping, maintains FTC's database, and manages the office. He has a Bachelor's degree in legal studies (and studied film and television) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Most recently, Alex was a production accountant at Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles, where he also worked in the finance and post-production departments. A native Madisonian, Alex recently moved back to the area with his wife, a professional chef/baker.