About the Designer
Somie probably was (and still is) the only first grader who invited all her friends for a sleep over to screen Franco Zefferrelli’s film, La Traviata, for Piero Tosi’s costumes. (And well, of course, for Verdi’s music and Domingo’s voice.)
Despite her penchant for period costumes and her love of theatre and fashion, costume design did not enter her life until mid 2014 when she was asked to be the costume designer for two world premiere plays, Shades of Blue and What Was Lost, presented by Beautiful Soup Theater. And then, as they so shrewdly say, the rest is history. In 2016, she interned with the Tony and Oscar-award winning designer, Ann Roth, on Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all That Followed.
In 2018, she designed the highly anticipated tv pilot, Mélange, directed by Emmy Award winning director Gary Donatelli and Tony Award winning producer Tim Kashani starring Morgan Fairchild.
In 2019, she was nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award by the American Theatre Wing for her design of Mary Stuart.
A self-proclaimed nerd and geek, Somie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is based in Manhattan. In her spare time, she enjoys running her cosplay repair center as Nurse Patchit at New York Comic Con, dressing models for photoshoots and NYFW, dabbling in wardrobe on and off Broadway, and picking out the right sash for her World Domination poster.
*Wardrobe Resume Available Upon Request*
"Costume designer Somie Pak really managed to capture the defining elements of each character in her striking and specific costume design." - Jacquelyn Claire from NY Theatre Guide
"... Somie Pak's costumes both capture the period and seem ready to be worn today." -- Mark Savitt from Hi! Drama TV Show
"The clever costumes by Somie Pak should be noted at this point. She "undresses" the diva so by shedding a layer, a different body and time frame are instantly achieved." -- Beatrice Williams-Rude from Theater Pizzazz!
"You feel like you're on Cape Cod thanks to a perfectly simple set -- a white table, a few white chairs -- and beautiful, appropriately stylish costumes designed by Somie Pak" -- Myra Chanin from Theater Pizzazz!
"Costume design by Somie Pak was, as always, exquisite, proving again what can be accomplished despite a dearth of funding with a plethora of style and imagination." --Myra Chanin from Theater Pizzazz!"