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 reprising the role at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. He recently starred in the London premiere at the Garrick Theatre, which won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and he is featured on both the original Off-Broadway and West End recordings.
Forrest is aLunt-Fontanne Fellow, and notable regional roles include the Foundling Father in THE AMERICA PLAY at Zach Scott Theatre (B. Iden Payne Award—Best Lead Actor in a Play), and Roscoe in AVENUE X at 11th Hour Theatre Company (Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor in a Musical).
Most recently, Forrest played Canewell in August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Gil in Colman Domingo's WILD WITH HAPPY at Baltimore Center Stage and Reverend D/Baby in Suzan-Lori Parks' IN THE BLOOD at Theater Horizon. Other regional favorites: Friar Lawrence in ROMEO AND JULIET at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and the title roles in OTHELLO and JULIUS CAESAR at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and Lantern Theater Company respectively.
Recent readings include Rachel Chavkin's ANNIE SALEM (Sundance Theater Institute), Colman Domingo's DOT (Tricycle & Vineyard), Ryan Scott Oliver's WE FOXES (York Theatre Company), Steve Fisher's MANDELA (Theatre at St. Clements), Carlyle Brown's NOBODY, NO TIME (The Playwrights' Center), Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY (Wilma Theater) and Jen Silverman's THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre Company).
Forrest currently teaches at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and also maintains a private studio in Manhattan and Philadelphia. He has held faculty positions at the University of the Arts and Temple University.
Recent Master Classes in London: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rose Bruford College, Havering College, Westminster School, Jewish Free School, University of London, University of California, Florida State University, Butler University, Drake University, George Mason University, Theatre Academy of London, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Roger Williams University, St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Canada: Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, St. Lawrence College. USA: University of Lousiville MFA Acting Program, Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company, 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.