Hyun Sook Kim
Location: CPAC 241
Phone: (657) 278 - 2967
Please contact the Theatre & Dance Department Office (657-278 -3628) for current office hours
THTR 577 Graduate Costume Design Seminar
THTR 492 Costume Art in Cultural Diversity
THTR 490/590 The Art of Draping
THTR 480 Movie Costumes & Period Styles
THTR 477 Creative Costume & Fashion Art
THTR 380/580 Costume Rendering
THTR 377 Costume Design
Production Costume Design Mentoring
HYUN SOOK KIM (she/her/hers) is Professor of Costume Design and serves as Graduate Coordinator in the department. The full first name is ‘Hyun Sook,’ the last name is ‘Kim.’ She holds MFA terminal degree in Costume Design from U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, MA at U of Illinois at Chicago, and BA from Korea University in Seoul. As a career educator and designer with over 30 years’ experience, Kim has taught at Ball State U, Korea National U of Arts, Chung-Ang U, among others, also internationally recognized for her outstanding costume designs in NYC, London, Toronto, LA, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Seoul. Many of her designs have been seen in large-scale productions at prestigious international and national venues. Particularly, her designs for the mega-scale musical with over 70 cast, The Last Empress (Empress Myeongseong), have been presented at NY Lincoln Center, LA Kodak Theatre and Schubert Theatre, and Toronto Hummingbird Center, as well as in London’s West End. The musical has celebrated its 25th year’s anniversary of long-run success in 2021. Across the nation, Kim has designed/designs for the New York State LORT Capital Repertory Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, NYC Pan Asian Repertory, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, East West Players, among others. Her designs have received laudatory reviews including from The New York Times and many theatre critics. Internationally, Kim has presented her costume designs in the prominent exhibitions such as PQ (Prague Quadrennial), WSD (World Stage Design), International Costume Association Exhibit, etc. Her design works were selected and presented in Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 at the A. A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum in Moscow, in World Stage Design 2009 & 2017, and Prague Quadrennial 1999 & 2019. Kim has travelled to the 2019 Prague Quadrennial as a part of USA design team, with being awarded USITT International Travel Grants. Also, Kim has been presenting her creative Art-To-Wear works in various International Fashion-Art Exhibitions for a long time. Recently, Kim has won ‘Good Design Award’ for her Art-To-Wear work “Flying” by presenting the currency costume materials Thermoplastic fabric and LED lights in the costume art. At CSUF, she has been awarded 2018 Faculty Recognition for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Kim is an active member of national USITT, international OISTAT, Performance Design Costume Commission, Costume Society of America, and The Korean Society of Costume. She is an ardent advocate of BIPOC theatre movement.
As an art educator, Kim is always excited to see her students growing to think out-of-box and reaching out of their scope. Her ultimate purpose is to dedicate to educating young artists to make them become soulful human beings and professionals, who can eventually fulfill their life and artistry.