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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.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Theatre Arts Major Minor

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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—in a theatre that utilizes multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium) to give you a wide range of experience. Plus, you'll receive lots of personal support as you develop your craft. We integrate our faith in Christ into everything we learn, and into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things. As you strengthen your skills, you'll explore life's difficult questions and have important conversations that equip you to make a difference as an artist, in your community, and in our world. 


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audience members at 2016–17 Bethel theatre productions

Program Highlights

Faith and the human experience

Discover why faith in God helps in answering tough and troubling questions about life—and raises others.

Challenging productions

We put on 4 mainstage productions each academic year—from ancient classics to modern experimental pieces—and one all-community musical each summer. Our productions provide opportunities for students and thespians of all levels.

Professional faculty

Learn from professors with experience in theatre as professional directors, designers, and actors who will mentor you in your discipline.

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.

Applicable skills

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 alumni

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.

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:

  • Acting
  • Design (set, costumes, lights, sound)
  • Directing
  • Drama ministry
  • Freelance artistic work
  • House managing
  • Production
  • Publicity
  • Stage management
  • Teaching

Graduate Fields

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

More from Theatre Arts

Bethel Theatre Productions

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Past Production Photos

View the galleries of past Bethel Theatre productions.

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