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Bethel's B.A. in Theatre: Acting/Directing emphasis is for students seeking employment in theatre and related industries, including: education, human resources, nursing, media, communication, and corporate training. These careers all seek to understand the human condition, and theatre offers enlightenment—probing our complex culture to help us understand our equally complex past.

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. As a theatre student, you'll be challenged to grow holistically alongside a community of talented peers seeking to process life and faith together through art. Contrary to popular thought, theatre is a highly practical degree that encourages the development of essential skills and helps students become well-rounded professionals. You'll find that a study of theatre:

  • Nourishes the spirit and soul
  • Gives insight into the human condition
  • Challenges students intellectually by raising difficult questions and stimulating critical conversations
  • Gives students the confidence to express themselves physically and present in front of an audience
  • Leads to a rewarding career and a lifetime of fun

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni are actors, directors, stage managers, costume and set designers, and so much more. Theatre graduates have found work in numerous local and national theatres including:            

  • Guthrie Theater
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
  • Park Square Theatre
  • Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • 10,000 Things Theater
  • Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Black Dirt Theater
  • The Old Log Theater
  • Steppingstone Theatre
  • Youth Performance Company
  • Troupe America
  • Arena Theater, Washington, D.C.

They have also created their own theatres/productions, including:

  • Mystery Science Theater
  • Theater for the Thirsty
  • The Refreshment Committee
  • Terra Firma Theatre
  • New Seed Theatre
  • Front Porch Theatre
  • Aethm

Many of our alumni have continued their education at colleges and universities such as:

  • Temple University
  • Asuza Pacific
  • Gordon College
  • University of Iowa
  • Bethel University
  • University of Northwestern St. Paul

And they have worked successfully in numerous fields outside of theatre, including:

  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Media communication
  • Photography
  • Corporate training
  • Human resources
  • Trauma therapy

What skills will I develop?

  • Artistic expression
  • Stage presence
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Practical problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Effective communication
  • Focus and perseverance
  • A comprehensive understanding of a wide variety of genres

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?

Gain hands-on experience

As a theatre major with an acting/directing emphasis, you’ll have opportunities to participate in plays from a wide range of periods and genres in a theatre that utilizes multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium). We put on four major productions each school year and one musical each summer that is open to all members of the Bethel community. 

Learn from professionals in the field

Not only do all of our professors have strong theatre training and significant professional experience that will benefit you in your daily classes, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet with and receive instruction and feedback from outside professional theatre artists who will help you hone your craft. In addition, our yearly monologue contest is a chance for you to earn face time with Twin Cities theatre professionals, and to learn from their critiques.

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.

Enjoy a supportive and collaborative department

Our department maintains strong relationships with other arts departments to help support your professional growth. We are a tight community that 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." 

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