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THEA 303 The Live Theater Experience

This course is designed to expose students to the wide and unique variety of theater available in the Twin Cities with a conscious emphasis on mission specific theater companies such as Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, etc. which practice color blind/color conscious casting. Through lecture, discussion, and play attendance at professional and semi-professional venues, students will acquire the skills to critically analyze and appreciate theater and its components. Early classes and on-line links/supporting materials are provided for navigating each play experience. Students will respond to each performance through one of several approaches, depending on the type of play attended.

Special information

Fee: $100 for discounted theater tickets. Prerequisite: Completion of Goal 1 writing requirements or instructor's permission.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 19, 2017 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Develop the critical and analytical skills to articulate and defend an informed judgement about theater and explore one's personal, societal and spiritual connections to it.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the aesthetic principals that guide or govern live theater performance as to enhance personal enjoyment of this unique and shared experience.
  • Examine the contributions of various theater artists and demonstrate a vocabulary of theater terms.
  • Compare and contrast dramatic elements of selected play scripts with live performance interpretations.
  • Analyze the structure of a dramatic argument as made manifest in the theater.
  • Evaluate the playwright's point of view.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.