Theatre Arts

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:

  • Acting
  • 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
  • Designer

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.

Jennie Sophia

Jennie Sophia ’02

Singer and actress

The acting and singing credits of Jennie Sophia include more than 24 stage shows and appearances in film and television. 

Read about her in the Bethel Magazine

Majors & Minors

Theatre Arts Major

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.

Theatre Minor

16 total credits

Musical Theatre Minor

18 total credits

Our Facilities

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.

Past Performances

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Shadowlands Scene

Shadowlands Scene

Shadowlands Cast

Shadowlands Cast

Shadowlands Set

Shadowlands Set

Suessical cat in the hat

Suessical: Cat in the Hat

Suessical

Suessical

Suessical Scene

Suessical Scene

Suessical Action

Suessical Action

Suessical Cast

Suessical Cast

39 Steps

39 Steps

39 Steps Scene

39 Steps Scene

39 Steps Set

39 Steps Set

39 Steps Action

39 Steps Action

39 Steps Drama

39 Steps Drama

Anne of Green Gables Moment

Anne of Green Gables Tender Moment

Anne of Green Gables Scene

Anne of Green Gables Scene

Anne of Green Gables Speech

Anne of Green Gables Speech

Anne of Green Gables Cast

Anne of Green Gables Cast

Anne of Green Gables Sadness

Anne of Green Gables, a sad moment

Electra

Electra

Electra Dramatic Moment

Electra Dramatic Moment

Electra Threatening Moment

Electra: Threatening Moment

Electra Speech

Electra Speech

Electra Reflective Moment

Electra: Reflective Moment

Like Watchmen Reading

Like Watchmen 

Like Watchmen Waiting

Performed in Kelly Auditorium, Middleton Hall of Science

Like Watchmen Sharing

Like Watchmen: Sharing an experience

Oklahoma Cast

Oklahoma Cast

Oklahoma Quarrel

Oklahoma, a quarrel

Oklahoma Fight

Oklahoma, a fight

Oklahoma Rope Tricks

Oklahoma: Rope Tricks

See How They Run

See How They Run

See How They Run Questions

See How They Run: Questions

See How They Run Moment

See How They Run 

See How They Run Sharing

See How They Run

Performances

Each season we produce:

  • One main stage show
  • One Broadway-style musical
  • Two studio shows
  • One summer main stage show
  • 24-hour theatre event
  • A touring group
  • Student-directed scenes

Costume and Prop Shop

Our Costume and Prop Shop houses nearly 10,000 pieces, including costumes, props, and furniture, all housed under the stage in "The Cave."

Scene Shop

Scenery and props are constructed in our 1,600-square-foot Scene Shop. Students learn to build and transport sets, a skill that is necessary in real-world theatre.

Scholarships

2018 Theatre Scholarship Application (pdf)

Audition dates:
  • Nov. 9 & 10, 2018
  • Nov. 16, 2018
  • Feb. 15, 2019
  • March 15, 2019
  • March 29 & 30, 2019
  • April 15, 2019

Other times available upon request.  Please call Barb Franklin at 574.807.7747 to arrange your appointment.

Career Paths

Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, there are many careers to choose from in the theatre field.

  • Stage or screen actor
  • Stage manager
  • Film producer
  • Technical agent
  • College professor
  • Designer
Students acting in play

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TICKET OFFICE

 

You can request tickets by calling 574.807.7080 or make inquiries at 574.807.7747

Or order tickets online now.

Box office hours are Monday - Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Located in the upper level of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center.

 

Faculty Excellence

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.

Faculty and Staff

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