Luke Di Somma
A Fulbright scholar, Luke studied at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Programme. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Canterbury, and gained First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music where he studied conducting and composition.
One of New Zealand’s leading musical theatre composers, Luke had three world premiere musicals open in 2015: That Bloody Woman, written with Gregory Cooper, opened to critical acclaim at the 2015 Christchurch Arts Festival and will be onstage at Auckland Theatre Company and The Court Theatre in 2016; The Invisibles (the NZ Anti High School Musical) written with Dan Bain (St Margaret’s College); and his children’s musical Mrs McGinty and The Bizarre Plant (The Court Theatre and Auckland Live.)
Luke’s musical direction credits include: Carry On Court; Who Wants to be 100? Anyone Who’s 99; The Mikado and One Man, Two Guvnors (The Court Theatre); Sweeney Todd; Hot Shoe Shuffle and The Full Monty (Showbiz Christchurch) as well as My Fair Lady; Dreamgirls; Les Misérables; Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago.
Luke is the founder and director of the successful Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School (CIMTSS). Luke has worked with some of the leading lights of Broadway as well as many of New Zealand’s leading performers. Luke is now based between Auckland, Melbourne and London.