Theatre Major

The Bethany Theatre program has courses ranging from Acting, Directing and Management classes to Stagecraft, History/Theory and Design classes.

Multiple trips to the Twin Cities’ Ordway and Guthrie Theater complement classroom learning, and four annual theatre productions on the Bethany stage provide a chance for you to demonstrate your abilities both on and off stage. In addition to creative development, our theatre department is distinctive in encouraging Christian theatre artists who understand the influence of performance and make ethical decisions.


Theatre Major ObjectivesVoice of the Prairie

Objectives The Bethany Lutheran College Theatre Department strives to instruct and encourageĀ ethical Christian theatre artists. The theatre major aims to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the production elements and processes of design, direction, construction, management and performance.
  • Foster communication that contributes to and enhances a collaborative, cooperative, creative, constructive process.
  • Will be able to employ a variety of critical approaches to history, literature, theory, and the social significance of theatre art.
  • Recognize the power and influence of performance, and make ethical, thoughtful, and critical choices consistent with Biblical Christian principles.
  • Demonstrate creativity, original thought, and innovation.
  • Will be able to effectively utilize research and bibliographic materials appropriate to the discipline.


Acting scholarships and Technical Theatre scholarships are available. Students are encouraged to audition and/or apply. For more information, download the application here.

Senior Theatre Projects and Internships

Theatre majors and minors have the option of producing a senior project that allows them to integrate what they have learned about the various facets of theatre arts. These students also have the option of participating in an internship. The internship option gives students real-world exposure and perspective to prepare them for their professional lives.

Skills and Potential Careers

An education in theatre is imbued with a myriad of employable skills like:

Elocution / Public speaking
Problem Solving
Time Management
Interpersonal Communication
Idea Generation / Implementation
Product Development

With these skills our theatre graduates have found careers as:

Stage Managers
Theatre Managers
Lighting Designers
Sound Designers
Scenic Designers
Costume Designers
Visual Artists
Church Workers / Clergy
Business People / Managers
Interior Designers
Land-Scape Designers

For more information on Theatre Major requirements, click here.