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Chances are, you’ve had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts.

Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its fourth monologue festival, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts.  We invite you to create characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.


  • Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Someone’s Gotta Do It.
  • Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. Therefore, scripts should be a maximum of eight pages long, double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font), and be written for a singleactor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered).
  • We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children’s plays.
  • Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.
  • Each playwright may submit up to twoscripts with no fee. For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee, payable by check to Forward Theater Company. Checks may be sent to Forward Theater Company, PO Box 14574, Madison, WI  53708.
  • We are soliciting new work for premiereproductions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.
  • Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on the monologue itself.
  • Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to monologues@forwardtheater.comPlease use the subject line “Monologue festival submission.”
  • E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on January 15th, 2016.
  • Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts submitted, we are unable to offer feedback.
  • Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before July 1st, 2016. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.
  • Writers will be credited in marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for the September 2016 performances. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to the opening performance.
  • If you have questions, please visit, or email

Karen Moeller

Artistic Associate

Forward Theater Company


A Celebration of Colleen Burns Her Life, Her Art, and Her Laughter Madison, WI

– The public is invited to celebrate the life of gifted actress, talented musician, and generous collaborator Colleen Burns, on July 18 at 7pm in the Playhouse at Overture Center. Colleen’s friends and colleagues will share stories and songs in honor of this extraordinary woman, a force of nature in the Wisconsin arts community and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm; no tickets or reservations are required. In accordance with her family’s wishes, this evening will be a joyful celebration of Colleen’s enormous talent, her professionalism, her laughter, and her dedication to her art. For questions or more information, please contact

About Colleen: On June 10, Colleen Patricia Burns passed away at the age of 58. She was born March 16, 1953, in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Thomas Joseph and Eileen (Dwyer) Burns. Colleen was a 1971 graduate of Beloit Catholic High School, where she had her first experience on the stage and where her love of theater began. She married Martin “Marty” Densch in 1975 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Beloit.

Colleen went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a degree in theater. Her career as an actress spanned more than 30 years.

In New York City she was seen in Sweet Believers at Lincoln Center. Colleen was also in the long- running Atlanta production of A—My Name is Alice, and appeared in the national tour of The Vagina Monologues. In Chicago her work included leading roles at both Drury Lane Theatres. She also directed and served as an artist-in-residence at many colleges and universities.

Closer to home, Colleen worked at the Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, New American Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, and First Stage Milwaukee. Her work in Madison earned her a “Best of Madison” award in 1997. She served as artistic director of New Court Theatre in Beloit in 2007 and 2008, and Colleen was a founding member of Forward Theater Company in Madison.

As a playwright and composer she, with collaborator and performing partner, Jack Forbes Wilson, were the recipients of the prestigious Dale Wasserman Award for Musical Theater Composition. Their play, Consumer Affairs, debuted at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and their commissioned works, ‘tis the Season and Love is the Weirdest of All (The Music of Lou and Peter Berryman), debuted at Madison Repertory Theatre. Colleen was also known for her voice-over work and has been heard selling everything from pre-cooked bacon to laser eye surgery.

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