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The minor in theatre can complement nearly any major at Bethel. It will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of theatre, and equip you with universal skills—such as adaptability, critical thinking, and communication—that will make you stand out in any career you choose.

Why should I study theatre?

As part of a society that is constantly "plugged in," we are drastically losing our ability to talk to and connect with other human beings. Theatre breaks students out of their shells and asks them to seek a deep understanding of the human condition. This means occasionally upsetting the status quo in an effort to better empathize with our complex culture—both present and past. 

Generally, students pursuing a theatre minor are interested in two things: engaging their passions, and acquiring skills (such as communication and confidence presenting in front of a crowd) that will make them stand out from future competitors. That's why our program not only encompasses fundamental theatre study—it also allows students to choose from a variety of electives to enhance their major or pre-professional program coursework. 

What can I do with this degree?

Most of our students pursue a theatre minor to support their primary area of study. From computer science to English, communication, teaching, art, reconciliation studies, world languages, business, nursing, and so many more, this minor pairs well with practically any major field offered at Bethel. Some students also choose to pursue careers in theatre itself after graduation or to continue on to theatre graduate programs. Visit the Theatre Major: Acting and Directing page or the Theatre Major: Musical Theatre page to learn more about career options in the theatre.

What skills will I develop?

  • Artistic expression
  • Stage presence
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking
  • Practical problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Effective communication
  • Focus and perseverance

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Participate in major productions

Our streamlined theatre minor is designed to give you the flexibility necessary to participate in any or all of our five major yearly productions. We do not only offer roles to theatre majors; many of our regular performers are theatre minors, or students studying in different fields all together. Our productions are very diverse, incorporating the use of many different periods and genres, and performed using multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium).

Take on additional learning opportunities

The Twin Cities offers many opportunities for students looking to enhance their study of theatre with real-world experiences. Not only can our well-connected faculty work with you to identify these opportunities—they will also bring opportunities to campus for you. For example, our yearly monologue contest gives students face time with Twin Cities theatre professionals, and the chance to learn from their critiques (and earn a cash prize!). 

Earn a theatre scholarship 

Our department offers a $2,000 yearly, renewable Theatre Arts Scholarship open to any students majoring or minoring in theatre, or interested in being involved in productions. Learn more about application procedures on our scholarship page

Be part of a supportive and collaborative department

We want you to be successful in both theatre and your major field of study. That's why we've streamlined our minor to 18 credits. We maintain strong relationships with other departments—working across disciplines to support your professional growth. Our tight community strives to reflect the Body of Christ as described by Paul 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." 


productions each year


audience members at 2016–17 Bethel theatre productions

Upcoming Events

FEB 7 2019

Into the Woods

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

This performance will be February 7, 8, 9, and 10.

FEB 28 2019

I Hate Hamlet

7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre (Clauson Center Level 1)

Showing February 28-March 3 and March 7-10

APR 25 2019

Death by Design

7:30 p.m. Bethel Theatre (Clauson Center Level 1)

Showing April 25-28 and May 2-5

More from Theatre Arts

Bethel Theatre Productions

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Past Production Photos

View the galleries of past Bethel Theatre productions.

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