Theatre is about more than productions. It’s about exploring life’s hard questions.
In the Department of Theatre Arts, you’ll hone your skills in all aspects of theatre, from analysis to performance. Then you’ll put those skills to practice in a range of outstanding, thought-provoking productions that challenge your thinking, engage your audience, and inspire your faith.
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FEB 2 2017
7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall
Performed February 2-5. The classic, award-winning musical is a great show for the whole family to brighten the winter doldrums!
FEB 23 2017
7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre
Performed February 23-March 5. Watch what happens when classical education collides with contemporary controversies in a college setting.
APR 27 2017
7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre
Performed April 27-30, May 4-7. Catch back-to-back satirical musical mash-ups written by Bethel's Brent Adams.
Valuable Hands-on Learning
Courses in Bethel's Theatre Department provide the hands-on skills you won't get other places, like stage combat or acting for the camera. Plus, you'll receive lots of personal support as you develop your craft. It's about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
0 audience members at 2014-15 Bethel theatre productions
60-120 students involved in theater productions each year
Faith and the human experience
Discover why faith in God helps in answering tough and troubling questions about life—and raises others.
We put on 4 mainstage productions each year—from ancient classics to modern experimental pieces—that provide opportunities for students of all levels.
Learn from professors with experience in theatre as professional directors, designers, and actors who will mentor you in your craft.
Our performance scholarship and work-study opportunities help students with the means to get an education in the theatre arts.
Thriving Twin Cities theatre arts community
With more theatres per capita than any other city except New York, you'll have the opportunity to take in a variety of theatre experiences and learn from professionals who come to Bethel as professors and guest lecturers.
What you learn as a theatre major goes far beyond stage production. You'll also learn important skills such as collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving, and communication that will help you stand out in whatever career you choose.
Prominent graduates include actors like Wes Mouri and Jessica Frederickson who have gone on to work full-time in the Twin Cities theater community and beyond.
Bethel's psychology program is designed to meet graduate study admission requirements. Writing lab reports and psychological evaluations and presenting at conferences helped set my skills far above my peers, even in my rigorous Master of Science program.Holly Quimby '13
Grad school: Student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Bethel's M.A. in Teaching program prepared me for teaching in today's challenging and ever-changing educational landscape. The instructors were caring and encouraging and the courses were very hands-on and engaging. I LOVE my job as a teacher. Thank you, Bethel!Theresa Anderson '13
Current job: Teacher
My favorite part of Environmental Studies courses was hands-on lab experience outside, connecting classroom learning to nature. Creation Restoration was a great way to put our coursework into practice on campus. Bethel's Environmental Studies program equipped me to steward Creation.David Petry '13
Grad School: M.S. in Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University
My studies at Bethel allowed me to fully engage my ministry context with a greater theological understanding and provided me with a set of practical skills to develop and encourage young leaders who will change their world.Deb Moncauskas '12
Current job: Children & Family Pastor/Adjunct Professor, Bethel Seminary
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program is a family! I still consider my classmates as brothers and sisters in life and in Christ. The professors are our friends and mentors, always there for support, laughs, prayer, fun, knowledge, and spiritual growth.Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
I am astonished and whole-heartedly humbled by the love, support, and friendships I made in the Athletic Training Education Program! I not only received an outstanding education by top professors, but I was able to become their friends, and now, colleagues!Megan Roschen '13
Grad school: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
The D.Min program was an introspective journey of self-discovery and transformation that awakened a new reality about the social fields in which I live, and my role within them. It prepared me to identify and remove different socio-cultural structural barriers.Ramon Pastrano '13
Current job: CEO of ImpactLives Inc.
I made several significant connections with professors in the counseling psychology program and am thankful for their investment in my career. The program provided an excellent foundation for my current role as a career counselor.Nicole Centanni '09
Current job: Career Counselor at Bethel University, Retreat Facilitator at The Urban Retreat
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded. [Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring '12
Current job: Business Analyst, Target Corporation
I am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
The road to my career in education and coaching was paved at Bethel. Bethel provided me with professional educators and coaches who had a passion for their work and a commitment to modeling their faith.Peter Haugen '91
Current job: Head Football Coach, Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
The program changed my perspective on leadership. I was linked with scholars who pushed me forward in spiritual transformation and academic excellence. This program impacted my life, family, and ministry and continues to challenge my head, heart, and hands.Wilbur Winborne Sr. '14
Current job: 19th Street Baptist Church / Cornerstone Chrisitan Academy
After obtaining my nurse educator degree at Bethel and teaching for a few years, I taught a couple of semesters at a university in Uganda. Bethel prepared me well for the challenge of teaching and working cross-culturally.Joy Peterson '11
Current job: Adjunct professor at Bethel, Nurse at Allina
Art professors go above and beyond for students open to challenge as they pursue their art careers. Many Bethel alums are still active in the art world and have successful careers. We've developed a growing, active national alumni network.Allison Peller '08
Current job: Curator, First Things Gallery, New York City
For me, journalism meant becoming a reporter, but God brought me into ministry. I quickly learned that good writing transcends vocation. Creative storytelling is key anywhere. Studying journalism helped me find my voice and bring good writing to any calling.Monique Kleinhuizen '08
Current job: Communications Strategist at Bethel University
What can I do with a theatre degree?
Our major is for students interested in professional theatre, educational theatre, the business side of arts organizations, or film acting, as well as for those who are creative and enjoy collaboration. But the degree provides applicable skills for any career, from team building to resourcefulness.
Our theatre grads work in:
- Design (set, costumes, lights, sound)
- Drama ministry
- Freelance artistic work
- House managing
- Stage management
Theatre alumni go on to earn:
- Master of Arts (most fields)
- M.F.A. in Directing
- M.F.A. in Acting
- M.F.A. in Design
- Ph.D. in Theatre