Jeff Forbes is a Portland based lighting designer working primarily in theater and dance.
Forbes is a 10-time winner of the Willie and Drammy Awards for theater for such companies as Artists Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose, Imago Theatre, the Musical Theatre Company, Storefront Theatre, and Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co. He has also designed for American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass), the New Rose Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Portland Actors Conservatory, and many others.
His work in dance and performance has included frequent collaborations with choreographers such as Linda Austin, Tahni Holt, Linda K Johnson, Josie Moseley, Mary Oslund, Sally Silvers,and Cydney Wilkes. For the NorthWest Dance Project, he has worked with choreographers such as Danielle Agami, James Canfield, Lucas Crandall, Andrea Miller, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Didy Veldman, and Patrick Delcroix.
Forbes has toured nationally and internationally with Imago Theatre, NorthWest Dance Project, the Deborah Hay Dance Company, ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Forbes is currently the Technical Director for White Bird Dance, a presenting organization based in Portland, and has served as a technical director for PICA’s TBA Festival since its beginning in 2003.
He is a co-founder, with Linda Austin, of Performance Works NorthWest, for which he also serves as technical director.