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
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.
60-120 students involved in theater productions each year
0 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.
Christ is the center of my life, so it only makes sense that He is the center of my education.Jennifer Mckinney '15
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.Tucker Ferda '07
Grad school: University of Pittsburgh Divinity School
The D.Min program is a catalytic force enabling students to effectively serve the kingdom through the local church while producing evident and eternal results.Mercidieu Phillips '11
Current job: CEO, Level Up Partners, Inc
This program is a great model for an educator who wants to pursue a career as an international administrator. It is challenging yet reachable, theory based yet practical in its application, and the professors are always willing to help.Shaun O'Rourke '18
Grad School: Ed. D. Bethel University
My experience at Bethel University was an enjoyable and challenging one. The program and professors at Bethel gave me a broader view of nursing and helped prepare me for a better career. I'm forever grateful for the training I received.Manny Smith '13
Current job: Nurse Manager
Getting my master's at Bethel was convenient. All the classes were offered online, and I could choose a concentration. Also, I enjoyed the classes. They were a great study of best practices in education.Patty Boettcher '15
Current job: 4th Grade Teacher at International School in Genoa, Italy
As a Christian in the workplace, I am able to connect with people on a different level. I know my reason for being there and do my part to create an encouraging work environment for my coworkers. I hope my attitude is a positive example observable through the way I make decisions, treat my clients, and strive for excellence every day.Andrew Vennerstrom '07
Current job: Customer Account Manager, Frozen Organic Products, General Mills
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
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
The hardest part was taking the first step. Seeing success in my future has been difficult for me; but faculty and classmates have reversed that since they continually support and believe in my potential.Karmen Silewski '16
I believe people will never forget what you made them feel, and the Organizational Leadership program will better help me make seniors feel loved.Jeena Gurung '15
Current job: Como Park Falcon Heights Living-at-Home Block Nurse Program
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program in Servant Leadership prepared me for the highest levels of organizational leadership. I enjoyed building lifetime friendships through the cohort approach. It was a fantastic investment.Ken Cochrum '12
Current job: Vice President of Global Digital Strategies, Cru
The athletic training at Bethel University provided me with a valuable education and experiences that allowed me to get a position at my top-rated graduate school.Jackson Smidt 2014
Grad School: Graduate Athletic Trainer at the University of Oregon
The Doctor of Ministry cohort program was an outstanding experience. It gave me unprecedented insight into leadership and personal development, and it allowed me to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.Alfonso Gilbert '14
Current job: Associate Pastor, Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas
Bethel provided me with an invaluable foundation in critically thinking and communicating about music, faith, and culture. Most of my colleagues have never had the opportunity, as I did, to regularly perform in an excellent venue like Benson Great Hall.Madeline Veenker '10
Current job: Choir and Bell Director at St. Paul church and runs private vocal studio; earned an M.M. in vocal performance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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