Associate Professor of Theater

Helene Siebrits 

Helene Siebrits is a costume designer and illustrator. She has designed, draped, and created costumes for a wide range of genres including contemporary plays, musicals, Shakespeare plays, opera, film, and dance. At Ohio University Helene has designed costumes for the School of Dance, Theater and Film. Helene has also had the privilege to design costumes for the inaugural season and second season of Tantrum Theater.

Siebrits has had many collaborations with the iconoclastic opera director, Peter Sellars. They worked together on Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms(Stravinsky) at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence. They also collaborated on the double-bill production of Iolanta/Persephone(Tchaikovsky/Stravinsky) for Opéra de Lyon, Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence, and the Teatro Real in Madrid as well as on productions at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Sydney Opera House, the Luzerner Theatre in Switzerland and Santa Fe Opera.

Siebrits has designed costumes regionally at the Latino Theatre in Los Angeles, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the South Coast Repertory Theater, Texas Shakespeare Festival, West Virginia Public Theatre, and Festival Antigonish in Nova Scotia. And, as a costume draper, she has created bespoke costumes for respected designers including Paul Brown, Claire Mitchell, Robert Innes Hopkins, Gideon Davey, Dunya Ramicova and Martin Pakledinaz.  Siebrits' costume creations have been seen on the stage at several venues in North America and world-wide. She has also draped costumes at companies including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, California Shakespeare, American Musical Theater in San Jose, and Santa Fe Opera.

Currently, Siebrits is working with Amrita Performing Arts Artistic Director, Chey Chankethya, on two new dance narratives that will be performed in China and Japan. She will also work with Amrita Performing Arts performers, opera director Peter Sellars, and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on Persephone (Stravinsky) at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2019.

Siebrits is an Associate Professor of Costume Design and Head of the Costume Program at Ohio University. She teaches foundational drawing and design, intermediate and advanced rendering, text analysis for designers, and costume history.  Helene is particularly interested in the cross-disciplinary approach to design solutions for set, lighting, projection, and costumes. She served as the costume designer on the MFA thesis film, Departure, and has been a member of the thesis committees for film students.

Siebrits received her MFA in Design from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television.  She holds a BA in Theatre, Magna Cum Laude from UCLA and a BA in Fashion Design and Technology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Helene is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and is an active member of USITT.


  • MFA from The University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA from The University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA from The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa