Jeff Forbes is a Portland based lighting designer working primarily in theatre and dance. He is a 9 time winner of the Willie and Drammy Awards for theatre for such companies as Artists Repertory Theatre, 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. He tours nationally and internationally with Imago Theatre, the Deborah Hay Dance Company and Antony and the Johnsons. His work in Dance and Performance includes frequent collaborations with choreographers such as Linda Austin, Tahni Holt, Linda K Johnson, Josie Moseley, Mary Oslund, Sally Silvers, Cydney Wilkes, and NorthWest Dance Project. At Miracle Theatre, he has designed lighting for Sonia Flew and the 2006 Day of the Dead show, La Carpa Calavera.
He is currently the Technical Manager 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.