Austin is a graduate from Columbia College where he gained his bachelors in Theater arts. He is currently enrolled at Rockford University in there MAT program, and is the Graduate Assistant in Urban Education. His goal with the MAT program is to spread his passion for theater in the classroom as a teacher. Outside of the classroom and work, Austin does a lot of volunteer work with Rock Valley College's Starlight Theater where he acts, works backstage, and designs sets. He also does some freelance work, designing sets for Rockford Christian Schools.