Austin Forbord is a video artist, filmmaker, and choreographer. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work in each of these fields including an Emmy nomination and a Documentary of the Year award from the California Film Awards in 2013 for the documentary film Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco; an Isadora Duncun Award nomination for performance in 2001, visual design in 2003 and the award in 2006 for his design contribution to Deborah Slater’s House of Memoires; and the Jury prize at ADF’s 2013 International Screen Dance Festival for his short dance film Well Contested Sites. Austin has performed with a diverse group of San Francisco based companies including his own companies Rapt and AWD, as well as Scott Wells & Dancers, On-Site Dance Co, Kunst-Stoff and Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband. He has created media designs for performances by Opera Parallele, Asolo Rep, Joe Goode Performance Group, Robert Moses' Kin, Sara Shelton Mann /Contraband, Stephen Pelton, Erling Wold, Liss Fain Dance, Kunst-Stoff and Motion-Lab. San Francisco Classical Voice described his video design for three of Opera Parallele’s shows as “some of the best I’ve seen anywhere for opera.”
As the Artistic and Executive Director of Rapt Productions, Austin directed Anna Halprin, Amie Dowling, Deborah Hull, and Tiit Helimets as well as a documentary about Company C Contemporary Ballet and a documentary about Tina Le Blanc for the San Francisco Ballet. Rapt is responsible for the critically acclaimed full-length documentary film, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco which was the Documentary of the Year at ADF’s 2000 International Screen Dance Festival. His film Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco commissioned by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation was featured at the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival among many others and had its broadcast premiere on PBS. His production company Rapt Productions is the primary source for video documentation, as well video marketing and promotional materials for the San Francisco Bay Area dance community.
Austin Forbord is the COO/Managing Director of DZINE, located near the San Francisco design center, an airy 15,000 sq. ft. showroom featuring the best of contemporary furniture design, including kitchen, bathrooms and closets, as well as an art gallery focused on San Francisco based artists. It was recently named the best store for new furniture in San Francisco by SF Magazine and has been listed as a top shop by the SF Chronicle. For over 13 years, DZINE has established itself as the only showroom in San Francisco to offer a complete and full-service design destination capable of addressing all aspects of home.