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James Held

Lecturer, Theatre History

Associate Professor Emeritus  


MFA – University of Washington
MA – California State University
BA – California State University


Prof. Held has been on the theatre faculty at WVU since 1980, specializing in Scenic Design, Period Style and Theatre History. He has designed numerous productions for the University (most recently, Playboy of the Western World) and for professional theaters and has directed productions including: MedeaAn Ideal HusbandThe RivalsNoises Off! and Brighton Beach Memoirs.


Following a six-year term as chair of the School (1989-95), Professor Held shifted his focus in teaching from the design area to Theatre History/Literature/Theory and Criticism, graduate seminars and World Theatre & Drama. He completed preparations for a web-based version of World Theatre and Drama that was first offered summer, 2008. This is a course unique to WVU and incorporates Prof. Held’s textbook as the main content of the new website. He has also become a popular instructor for the Osher Life Long Learners program in Morgantown, for which he offers an on-going series in MASTERS OF WORLD DRAMA.


Prof. Held currently teaches the online sections of THET 170 World Drama.