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
APR 27 2017
7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre
Performed April 27-30, May 4-7. Catch a satirical musical mash-up written by Bethel's Brent Adams.
MAY 14 2017
2 p.m. Clauson Center (CC) 112
Open to anyone!
JULY 13 2017
7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre
Bethel Theatre presents their summer musical.
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.
I started at Bethel in my 50s, in pursuit of a lifelong dream. Now retired, I am involved with several Twin Cities community theatres, acting (including several lead roles), directing and playwriting. It's never too late to follow your dream!Ginny Leutgeb '13
The theater department really taught me how and why to pursue the best version of myself. Not only did they educate me on the history, practice, and art of theatre, but how it impacts the world and my relationships today.Josh Palmer '15
Videographer at ACR Homes
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 '13
Current job: Student Alumni Programming Coordinator
The theatre professors offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique. They care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft. 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 '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
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 '12
Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Temple University; Lighting Designer
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.Megan Johnson '13
Storyteller at Minnesota Renaissance Festival
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