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New faculty join Department of Performing Arts at SOU

David Humphrey, 65, is the new director of performing arts at Southern Oregon University.

Humphrey has more than 30 years of professional executive management and artistic production experience. Most recently he was the director of the Museum of Performance & Design in San Francisco. Before that he worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as the director of education and as executive producer of a joint project between the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

SOU's Department of Performing Arts includes 46 full and part-time faculty, and presents scores of student musical and theatrical performances each year.

Other new faculty joining the department this fall include James Donlon, who brings a four-decade career in mime, movement, dance, clowning, masks, puppetry and circus; and Jeff Richmond, recognized as a significant voice in modern jazz composition and performance education who will be teaching upper level and advanced music theory, jazz performance and trumpet performance.

Jackie Apodaca, who joined the performing arts faculty last fall after a 20-year career in theater, film and commercial production, will join new faculty member Robert Clift, professor in the Communication Department, to develop a film and digital media program serving theater and communication students with the intent of forming a bridge between digital media, film and theater at SOU.

For more information, visit sou.edu/performingarts.