Bethel offers a B.A. in Theatre with two emphases: Acting/Directing and Musical Theatre. The Theatre major is a gateway for a variety of jobs in the Theatre and related industries. It can also provide a strong foundation for graduate work in Theatre or similar fields. The major also serves students who are entering careers where understanding others and expressing oneself is important, including education, human resources, nursing, media communication, and corporate training.
Why should I study theatre?
The ability to bring stories to life is a critical part of our culture and our world. Those who can do it well grow personally and serve others publicly. And as a theatre student, you’ll be impacted in a variety of ways, including:
- Spiritually—by bringing stories to life that challenge, enlighten and entertain others and allow you to connect your faith with your art.
- Intellectually—by helping you learn to solve practical problems of production and learning to think creatively and critically while helping others think deeply about the human condition.
- Emotionally—by cultivating empathy and an understanding of relationships and the human condition and engaging others to do the same.
- Physically—by understanding body language and giving full-life expression to characters and situations that move an audience.
What can I do with this degree?
Those who have graduated with a Theatre degree have found work in numerous local and national theatres including:
- The Guthrie Theatre
- Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
- Park Square Theatre
- 10,000 Things Theatre
- Mixed Blood Theatre
- Black Dirt Theatre
- The Old Log Theater
- Steppingstone Theatre
- Youth Performance Company
- Troupe America
- Arena Theatre, Washington, D.C.
And colleges and universities such as:
- Temple University
- Asuza Pacific
- Gordon College
- University of Iowa
- Bethel University
- University of Northwestern St. Paul
They have created their own theatres/productions, including:
- Mystery Science Theatre
- Theatre for the Thirsty
- The Refreshment Committee
- Theatre Terra Firma
- New Seed Theatre
- Front Porch Theatre
And they have worked successfully in numerous fields outside of theatre, including:
- Media communication
- Corporate training
- Human resources
What skills will I develop?
- Artistic expression
- Critical thinking
- Practical problem solving
- Understanding and empathy
- Effective communication
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
As a Theatre major, you’ll have opportunities to perform major roles in plays from a wide range of periods and genres in a theatre that utilizes multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium). You’ll experience hands-on learning from professors with strong theatre training and significant professional experience. You’ll also enjoy a supportive and collaborative department that reflects the Body of Christ like Paul writes in Romans 12:4: “Just as each of us is one body with many members and these do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body.”
And you’ll have the opportunity to meet and receive instruction and feedback from outside professional theatre artists from the Twin Cities who will help you hone your craft.