Forrest is a Tony® Award Nominee for his Broadway debut as Mr. Tambo in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, first created at the Vineyard and Guthrie Theaters. Post-Broadway, Forrest received a Barrymore Award for his reprisal of the role at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and recently appeared in the award-winning London premiere at the Young Vic. He returns to London for the West End transfer this fall.
Last season, Forrest played Friar Lawrence in ROMEO AND JULIET at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, followed by the title roles in OTHELLO and JULIUS CAESAR at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and Lantern Theater Company respectively. Most recently, he played Gil in Colman Domingo’s WILD WITH HAPPY at Baltimore Center Stage.
Forrest is a recipient of the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, and notable regional roles include a B. Iden Payne Award for the Foundling Father in THE AMERICA PLAY at Zach Scott Theatre, and a Barrymore Award as Roscoe in AVENUE X at 11th Hour Theatre Company.
Recent readings include Steve Fisher's musical MANDELA (Theatre at St. Clements), Suzan-Lori Parks' IN THE BLOOD (Theater Horizon), Carrie Robbins' SAWBONES (The Actors Company Theatre), Carlyle Brown's play with music NOBODY, NO TIME (The Playwrights' Center and PTC@Play), Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY (Wilma Theater) and Jen Silverman's THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre Co.).
Forrest also teaches at the Ira Brind School of Theater at the University of the Arts and the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.
Recent Master Classes in London: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, Roger Williams University, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, University of Connecticut. Canada: Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede. USA: NYU, C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Acting Program, Open Jar Institute, Penn State Berks, Wyoming Seminary.
A Norwalk, Connecticut native, Forrest is a UConn graduate.