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Richard Sodders, Ph.D.

Richard Sodders

Richard Sodders (Director) is Professor of Theatre at Texas State, where he teaches directing for stage and film. He earned his Ph. D. at Louisiana State University, attended Film School at New York University, and has taught at Texas A&M University as well as Midwestern State University.  In addition, he was Managing Director of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas.  For six years, he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State.  He has directed many university and professional productions, including (at Texas State) Noises Off, Arcadia, Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masterpieces, The Art of Dining, Move Over Mrs. Markham, The Importance of Being Earnest, Company and Lend Me a Tenor.  A winner of several directing awards, Dr. Sodders most valued award is the Amoco Medal for National Excellence in Directing.  He received the medal when his production of Who’s Happy Now? was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. as part of the National American College Theatre Festival.  He also holds the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Achievement for his work with the American College Theatre Festival, having served as state chair and as a member of the regional selection committee.