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
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.
theatre majors to faculty ratio
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.
The professors at Bethel offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique.–Wes Mouri
The intimate size of the department creates a close knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.–Wes Mouri
Theater Arts at Bethel teaches a wide range of skills and genres of theatre. From stage combat to Brecht, lighting design to tap dance, Greek tragedy to freelancing, I learned about it all.–Wes Mouri
The theater professors care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft.–Wes Mouri
I attribute so much of my success as an actor to my time at Bethel.–Wes Mouri
The classes were informative and practical. I often find myself using concepts I learned in acting classes to help with presentations even outside of theatre.–Erin Lorentz
The Bethel University Theatre Department provides unique insight into the relationship between faith and art. It strives to examine and explore tough subjects through the theatre.–Aaron Crosby
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