Geoffrey Grant Forward

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November 1, 1942 - March 10, 2014 Geoffrey Grant Forward, age 71, actor, director, producer, author, teacher and Shakespearean scholar, passed away on Monday, March 10, with his wife of 30 years, Elisabeth Howard, the love of his life, close to his side. Born in Wales, he received a BFA and MFA from the University of Utah. Geoffrey directed, produced and acted in many Shakespearean plays. He founded the Los Angeles Shakespeare Company in 1992. His final role, in 2013, was that of Jamie Booth, opposite Salome Jens and Jenn Robbins in "Tomorrow, "a play written for him and for his co-stars by Donald Freed. Forward received a Shakespeare research grant from the Huntington Library and produced a treatise that was published in the Shakespeare Quarterly. He is co author with Donald Freed of his one-man show "Will, Boy Eternal," author of "Shakespeare's Monologues for Women," "Shakespeare's Monologues for Men," "The Actor's Shakespeare," "Power Speech," "Pro Speech" and "American Diction for Singers," published by Alfred Publishing. He taught speech at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and conducted his Actor's Shakespeare Workshops. Forward was a member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Forward built "The Globe in Topanga," a replica of Shakespeare's birthplace, which will be named the Geoffrey G. Forward Theatre at a private memorial in May. Forward is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; his daughter, Joey (Herb); a grandson, Daenyn; sisters, Jean (Dan) and Kathy (Kerry); brothers, Haydn (Jenny), Chris (Sylvia) and Terry (Bonnie); nieces, nephews and their families. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cedar Sinai Prostate Cancer Research, 8700 Beverly Boulevard, Suite #2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or by phone at (323) 866-7763.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 23 to Mar. 30, 2014
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