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Bethel's B.A. in Theatre: Musical Theatre emphasis is a gateway for students to enter a variety of jobs in the theatre—particularly musical theatre—or to pursue 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 musical 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 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 to think creatively and critically while inspiring others to contemplate the human condition.
  • Emotionally—by cultivating empathy and an understanding of relationships 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.

The result is a well-rounded education that will equip you with the skills to thrive as a theatre professional and stand out from your peers in any career. 

What can I do with this degree?

Those who have graduated with a theatre degree have launched careers as actors, directors, costume and set designers, stage managers, and so much more. Our alumni work in numerous local and national theatres including:            

  • Guthrie Theater
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
  • Ordway Center for the Performing Arts                                  
  • Park Square Theatre                                               
  • 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 because of the holistic nature of Bethel's theatre degree, many graduates have found success in fields outside of theatre including:

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

What skills will I develop?

  • Artistic expression
  • Stage presence
  • Monologue skills
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability 
  • Critical thinking
  • Practical problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Effective communication
  • Focus and perseverance 
  • The ability to perform a wide variety of genres
  • A comprehensive understanding of musical theatre and its function in the creative world

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 exposure to a wide range of productions

Bethel's theatre department puts on four major productions each school year, utilizing multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium) to give students maximum exposure and experience performing. These productions consist of a wide range of periods and genres meant to help musical theatre students broaden their skill sets and build their resume. For the same reason, "Stage Dialects," "Stage Combat," and "Performing Shakespeare" are among the required courses for musical theatre students. In addition, each summer we put on a musical that any member of the Bethel community may participate in—giving students continued practice and exposure to acting alongside diverse castmates. 

Participate in hands-on learning

You’ll receive all the benefits of Bethel's small classes and proximity to downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul. On campus, individualized attention and feedback from professors with strong theatre training and significant professional experience will help you grow your skills and will accelerate your learning. Off campus, there are many opportunities to hone your craft further by getting involved in the Twin Cities' strong arts community. 

Our program will also provide you the opportunity to meet and receive instruction and feedback from Twin Cities professional theatre artists, and to be critiqued by area professionals at our yearly monologue contest.

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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