Victoria “Toria” Snow’s triumphant Feb. 16 Facebook post read: “I came, I tried, and I WON!” That’s how the WSU theatre design student announced to friends, family and “followers” that she was one of eight regional finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s (KCACTF) national award for excellence in costume design.
On April 20, Snow’s news got even better. She became the first WSU student costume designer to capture a KCACTF grand prize for her work on the WSU Theatre production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a play that takes place on Ireland’s isolated isle of Inishmaan, where inhabitants observe ancient customs and wear traditional clothing.
Snow’s costume designs included pampooties, rawhide moccasins worn by men on the isle, and Aran sweaters, which traditionally feature intricate patterns that were zealously guarded by the same clan throughout generations.
“I used natural fibers and earth tones to convey a realistic feel,” Snow explained to KCACTF judges. “But each character had a pop of color to help them stand out.” To become the best, Snow had to learn from the best. In 2014, she enrolled at Weber State specifically to study with professor Catherine Zublin, who received a 2018 KCACTF gold medallion — the organization’s most prestigious regional award — for her outstanding efforts in encouraging young artists to develop their talents and pursue their dreams. Snow also worked closely with assistant professor Samantha “Sam” Transleau, who supervised her senior project, an outdoor art installation in Southern Utah.
Snow’s KCACTF award package included a trip to Washington, D.C., $500 and a trip to the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She graduated from WSU in April 2019, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in costume design at California State University Fullerton.