Rachel Forbes


Rachel Forbes 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, Young People’s Theatre, 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 Theatre, 2019) and a Robert Merritt Award for her set design for The Bridge (2B/Neptune Theatre, 2019).

Rachel is particularly interested in the development of new works and interdisciplinary explorations. She 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.