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 reprised the role at the Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award) and will appear in the London premiere at the Young Vic this fall.
A classical enthusiast, Forrest recently played OTHELLO at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and conducted workshops in local high schools. Last fall, he played Friar Lawrence in ROMEO AND JULIET at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
Notable regional roles include the Foundling Father in THE AMERICA PLAY at Zach Scott Theatre — B. Iden Payne Award (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play) — and Roscoe in AVENUE X at 11th Hour Theatre Company — Barrymore Award (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical).
Recent readings of new works include Jen Silverman's THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre Co.), Carlyle Brown's NOBODY, NO TIME (The Playwrights' Center), John Jiler's REVOLUTION (The Actors Studio), Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY (Wilma Theater), Stefanie Zadravec's THE ELECTRIC BABY (PlayPenn) and PASSING STRANGE (11th Hour Theatre Co.).
Forrest also teaches for the Ira Brind School of Theater at the University of the Arts and the Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University.
Recent master classes: NYU, Penn State Berks, Wyoming Seminary, C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Acting Program, Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede.
A Norwalk, Connecticut native, Forrest is a UConn graduate.