Virginia Varland

Costume Design

The Tempest

Play by William Shakespeare

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Adapted and Directed by Hannah Todd

Set Design by Gabrielle Layla  

Light Design by Kaili Story

Production Photos by Justin Barbin and David Catlin              





This production of Shakespeare's The Tempest takes the unique point of view of exploring the magic within theatre in its purest form through the art of human body in action. Prospero controls the rest of the ten-person ensemble, who each, simultaneously with their own character, come together to embody Ariel, the magic of the island. To support the movement-based magic of the ‘Ariels’ the costumes function more as second skin than worldly clothing. They incorporate the textures, materials, and colors of the island while the individuality of each costume is definitive of their human character’s traits and personality. The visiting characters, their clothes dyed a new by the water have undergone “a sea change into something rich and strange” (Ariel, I.2).