University of Delaware


Healthcare Theatre is a unique interdisciplinary education program at the University of Delaware that develops the communication skills necessary of current and future professionals through interactive scenarios presented by Healthcare Theatre students.

With this transformative approach to education, theatre students are trained to portray patients and family members so that health sciences students can practice both technical and interpersonal skills in a safe environment without compromising quality of care.

The program was co-founded at the University of Delaware by Faculty Members Amy Cowperthwait, College of Health Sciences and Allan Carlsen, College of Arts and Science.

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Theater class helps future health care pros improve bedside manner

Communication between patients and their medical providers is always critical to a good outcome. But in the era of COVID-19, there are barriers to that communication.

Setting the Stage for Better Healthcare

UD’s Standardized Patient Program (UDSP), a collaboration between the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Theatre, is a unique way to prepare students for their roles as health care professionals. With this approach, individuals are trained to portray patients and family members so that students can practice such skills as taking medical histories and doing physical exams.

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