Austin is a native of Gainesville and received his BFA in Production Design from the UF the School of Theatre + Dance. He then went to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI for his MFA in Stage Management. After grad school, Austin worked at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Cedar Point, and other theatres up north before moving back to Florida. He taught Stagecraft at Santa Fe College and was the resident Production Stage Manager for their new Fine Arts Hall for its first 3 years. In 2014, he rejoied the UF family at the School of Theatre + Dance as a Company Manager. In addition to SoTD, Austin is the Production Stage Manager for the Operafestival de Roma and works with the UF Opera program in the School of Music.