Profession: Costume Designer
Years Experience: 20
Amela Baksic, a native of Dubrovnik, Croatia and recent US Citizen, received her BA from The University of Sarajevo, her MA from Louisiana State University, and her MFA from Brandeis University. In 1998 she was awarded the prestigious $20,000 Design Fellowship from The National Endowment of the Arts. Since then she has worked extensively in Theatre, Film, and Television having designed costumes for a wide range of directors and actors including Neil LaBute, David Mamet, Al Pacino, Estelle Parsons, Dana Delaney, Kyra Sedgewick, Katherine Helmond, Andrew McCarthy, Phillip Baker Hall, Hal Linden, Sarita Choudhury, and Julie Harris, to name a few.
In New York, initially, she designed costumes for numerous theatre productions. Highlights of this phase of career are: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Stratford Festival of Canada; Shakespeare’s R&J in London’s West End and in Japan; productions at off-Broadway theatres that include Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Studio and also significant regional theaters across the country. The most recent of these productions are Neil LaBute’s critically acclaimed “Things We Said Today” starring Dana Delaney, “The Night Season” starring Katherine Helmond, and “Darwin in Malibu” starring Hal Linden.
She has extensive experience in Television and Film production that includes work in Feature Film, Episodic TV, Shorts, Soap Opera, and Commercials. She designed costumes for the narrative short “Night Blue” starring Sarita Choudhury. In Episodic TV she worked a full season on “Conviction” (NBC), assisting Jennifer von Mayrhauser, and most recently, “New Amsterdam” (Fox), assisting Marie Abma. In feature films she assisted Albert Wolsky on Julie Taymor’s “Across The Universe “. Other assisting credits include work on “Law and Order”, Law and Order: SVU, “Guiding Light”, “Definitely Maybe” (feature) and “Le Divorce” (feature). She was the stylist for the “New Amsterdam” promos and has worked on commercials at Toner Films.
“…the costumes by Amela Baksic, which drape the characters in flawlessly tasteful fashion, contribute to the sense that design is a pathetic hedge against fate and human nature.”-New York Times.
Brandeis University, MFA Costume Design, 1995.
LSU MA Theater, 1993.
University of Sarajevo, BA English Literature, 1990.
Spoken Languages: English, Croatian