Bethel University Theatre Arts students will gain a practical, professional approach to the preparation and presentation of a theatrical production.
From classics like “Anne of Greene Gables” to student-written productions such as “Like Watchmen,” Bethel’s theatre degree program gives students opportunities to take part in every aspect of production.
You’ll get involved with students who have been part of high school and community theatre programs and learn from award-winning faculty members who have vast experience as lighting designers, production stage managers, and company managers. Our faculty members have gained experience in places beyond Indiana, including California and Canada.
Through this immersive theatre program, you might work in the sound room, help with set design, or take a leading role on stage. You can major or minor in Theatre Arts or minor in Musical Theatre. We’ll train you in classes like these:
- Stage Craft
- Theatre History
- Dance classes – ballet/jazz
- Costume history and design
- Drama production
There will be plenty of hands-on experience as part of your degree. Every student can apply what they learn in productions held on the main stage in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium or in the smaller Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium.
You’ll be prepared for careers in professional, civic, or educational theatre. Consider careers like these:
- Stage or screen actor
- Stage manager
- Film producer
- Technical agent
- College professor
A special opportunity for theatre students is a chance to travel to the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on one of two trips each year. Students (who must be participating in theatre) write an essay explaining why they want to go. About 90% of applications are accepted. The week-long trip (which is an extended experience compared to other university programs) has been funded by donors John and Therese Gardener since 2013. Learn more about recent trips.
Theatre majors experience a unique combination of classroom and hands-on learning. Every aspect of theatre (acting, directing, lights, set, costumes, props, stage management, etc.) is covered in classroom content and every student is given the opportunity to put that content into practice in actual theatre productions. Theatre students are prepared to work in every aspect of professional, educational and civic theatre.
Bethel’s main proscenium stage, in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium, seats 860 and is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and LED lighting system. The proscenium stage is 48 feet wide by 32 feet deep and includes an orchestra pit. Directly under the stage, “The Cave” houses more than 9,000 costumes, props and furniture pieces.
Faculty professional backgrounds include acting, designing, directing, stage management and playwriting. Their critiques, individual instruction and mentoring will help students excel as artists throughout their time at Bethel.