Rachel Forbes


Rachel is an award-winning set and costume designer creating for theatre, dance and film. Her work has been seen across the country on stages including at the Shaw Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Obsidian Theatre, Neptune Theatre, YPT, Centaur Theatre and many more. She has designed, mentored and taught at Ryerson University. Rachel is currently serving on the board of directors of the Associated Designers of Canada. Rachel received a Dora Mavor Moore award for her costume design for The Brothers Size (Soulpepper 2019) and a Merrit Award for her set design for The Bridge (2B/Neptune 2019).

She is particularly interested in the development of new works and interdisciplinary explorations. Rachel has been experimenting with designer-led theatre projects and is keen to integrate design into the text creation process. Rachel is invested in exploring the artistic expressions of the African diaspora in North America and beyond. Much of her work has focused on creating worlds for these stories on stage.

Selected Credits: 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre, CBC); The Mountaintop (Manitoba Theatre Centre); A Revolution of Love (Short, New Awakenings Project); Body So Fluorescent (Short, Madonnanera/Inside Out); Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); Million Billion Pieces, Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Brothers Size (Soulpepper Theatre); The Bridge (Neptune Theatre/2b Theatre); Speaking of Sneaking (Riser Project &Tours); Other Side of the Game (Obsidian Theatre/Cahoots); Lukumi: a dub opera, Bleeders, Esu Crossing the Middle Passage (Watah Theatre); The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival); Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times & Tours).