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.
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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.
This was an incredible, global educational experience. I was thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate online with peers across the world and I wouldn't trade this experience for any traditional learning program.Evan Howard '15
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The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.Ryan Steel '12
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The Social Work program at Bethel helped me combine my passions for learning about society and culture at a global level, and for helping individuals by coming alongside them in purposeful ways. It is so meaningful to be a partner in people's stories and lives.Katy (Stemler) Radloff '11
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This has been an intense and challenging program, but I'm learning to never underestimate how following God's path for you can bring such peace.Rebecca Smith '16
Bethel gave me an exceptional foundation in nursing. Emphasis was placed on providing holistic, quality care. Upon graduation I was well prepared for bedside nursing as well as pursuing an advanced practice, doctoral degree.Charitey (Rowden) Robar '10
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Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program was an incredibly rewarding experience and has prepared me so well for my graduate studies in Physical Therapy. The classroom knowledge and immense amount of hands-on experience was more than I could have asked for.Megan Roschen '13
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I learned many invaluable lessons at Bethel but what stands out was the accessibility of the faculty and their genuine desire to see students succeed. I was never a number in a classroom. Many of those professors remain mentors today.Allie Ryan '11
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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
Christ is the center of my life, so it only makes sense that He is the center of my education.Jennifer Mckinney '15
The people at Bethel helped me determine the kind of person I wanted to be, before I knew what kind of doctor I would be. Bethel’s influence is essential to my work as a future physician and follower of Jesus.Brett Einerson '06
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Students have opportunities to meet industry professionals through faculty, performances, master classes, or auditions. By graduation, I had completed master classes with individuals from NYC, Minnesota Opera, and Orchestra Hall.Ruthanne Heyward '11
Current job: Working as a performing artist and actor in NYC
Rarely does a week go by when I don't draw upon, or pass along to others, something I learned from my professors at Bethel. The foundation I received in Bible, theology, history and practical ministry continually blesses me.Tim Morey '98
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My Bethel master's degree has prepared me to be the best nursing leader I can be. The research projects taught me how to tackle issues on my unit with an evidence-based approach. I loved the cohort aspect of the program.Jill Branovsky '12
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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