Theatre and Dance

Hyun Sook Kim

Associate Professor of Costume Design

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AC 009   Phone: 765-285-6461  

Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Additional Information

Teaching Areas: costume design, costume rendering, make-up, etc.
Tenured faculty
Date of Hire: August 2005

Biography

Hyun Sook Kim is a tenured associate professor of costume design at the Department of Theatre and Dance in Ball State University where she works as costume designer, teacher, and mentor of costume and makeup design. She holds a MFA degree in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA degree with a thesis in Costume Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA from Korea University. At Ball State University, she teaches theatrical costuming, stage make-up, costume design, costume rendering, color studies, costume form & materials, costume history, and she has successfully designed many productions such as The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, Urinetown, The Wild Party, Indiana Choreographer's Dance Concert, Love's Labour's Lost, Nunsense, Camino Real, Noises Off, The Fantasticks, Angels in America-Millennium ApproachesThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot, etc.

In 2013, Kim has been a 26 year experienced costume designer and teacher. As an artist and educator of immense skills, she is internationally recognized costume designer who holds a wealth of international design experiences including professional work on stages in New York, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. Professionally, she has designed costumes for various large-scale productions of drama, musical, opera, Western dance, Asian dance, concert such as 1988 Seoul Olympics International Contemporary Dance Festival, Oedipus the King, Othello, Carmen, Richard III, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Good Woman of Setzuan, The World of Minimalist Music, West Side Story, etc. Many of her designs have been seen in prestigious venues such as the National Theatre of Korea, Seoul Performing Arts Center, LG Arts Center and other international theatres including Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon at Tokyo, Drama City Hall at Osaka, Melbourne State Theatre among others. Particularly, her design for the musical The Last Empress has been presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Kodak Theatre and the Schubert Theatre in Los Angeles, and at the Hummingbird Center in Toronto, as well as in London’s West End. The design work is the great achievement still continuing running in the world. The award-winning costume design was presented at the Prague Quadrennial and honorably selected for the cover page of the prestigious theatre book Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre edited by Dr. Samuel L. Leiter.

Also, Kim's costume arts have been selected and displayed in world-wide exhibitions at Anthem Gallery in NY Soho, at Fashion Institute of Vienna, at Hotel Concorde La Fayette in Paris, at Prague Industrial Palace in 1999 and 2007 Prague Quadrennial, in 2008 Beijing Fashion Art International Exhibit. Her design work has been also exhibited in the 2009 and 2013 World Stage Design, 2010 International Creative Costume Exhibition, 2011 Russia International Exhibit at Moscow, and 2013 International Invited Fashion Exhibition at Jakarta, Indonesia, one of which is currently displayed in the Lucina Hall Welcome Center at Ball State University. She won several prestigious awards, including the prestigious Korean Musical Award, Dong-A Theatre Award, the Baek-Sang Arts Award, and the 1997th This Year's Design Award.

Since 1987, Kim has taught various costume design and technology classes—costume design, rendering, costume history, flat patterning, draping, life drawing, creative fashion art, etc.  Through her long-time teaching experiences, she is always excited to see her students growing to think out-of-box and reaching out of their scope. Several of her students have enjoyed their own successes: A former costume student from the Korea National University of Arts designed the movie, Oldboy, which travelled to the Cannes Film Festival and won the prize in 2004, and one of the former Ball State students was selected to exhibit the costume design at the prestigious International Exhibition WSD 2009. More recently, in 2012 and 2013, the current costume students have won Kennedy Center ACTF Awards consecutively. Her ultimate hope is to dedicate to training of young theatre artists to make them become soulful professionals, who are eventually able to contribute to the contemporary theatre world with new creative ideas.

She is a professional member of USITT, OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians), Intl. Costume Association, Korean Society of Costume, etc. 

Course Schedule
  • Course
    Course
    No.
    No.
    Section
    Section
    Time
    Time
    Days
    Days
    Location
    Location
  • Course
    Design Awareness
    No.
    107
    Section
    1
    Section
    1300-1350
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    AC 310
  • Course
    Costume Forms and Ma
    No.
    224
    Section
    1
    Section
    1400-1450
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    AC 308
  • Course
    Costume Design
    No.
    423
    Section
    1
    Section
    0900-1050
    Days
    M W
    Location
    AC 308
  • Course
    Practicum
    No.
    280
    Section
    3
    Section
    0000-0000
    Days
    Location
Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8740
Fax: 765-285-4030
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