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By telling the stories of others through plays, musicals and operas, theater artists will learn more about their own stories, ethics, values and dreams.

Theater at Bethel College is as distinct as the institution. Audition for a show or sign up for a class. You can participate as a Communication Arts major, a Theater minor, or as someone who is interested in trying your hand at the performing arts. Opportunities are open to all students interested in being on stage and/or behind the scenes. As part of a liberal arts education, theater fills an important role on campus and in the community by offering a unique perspective into the human experience.

The theater department has a celebrated history and is a significant part of the Bethel College story. In a typical year, the department presents two mainstage productions, including one play and one musical or opera. In addition, the Theater Direction and Production course provides opportunities for students to perform in smaller-scale productions directed by their peers. You will find professional and caring faculty who will encourage you to stretch yourself as a performer and a compassionate member of society, and work with you to ensure the highest quality productions.

Current season

I and You by Lauren Gunderson; an ode to life, love and the strange beauty of human connectedness

Starring Jaxie Gerk (Thursday; Saturday matinee) and Charlotte Ehrmann (Friday; Saturday evening) as Caroline, and Hayden Honomichi (Thursday; Saturday matinee) and Nathaniel Schmucker (Friday; Saturday evening) as Anthony

Four performances: Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1 (7:30 p.m., plus a matinee at 2 p.m. on May 1); Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. There is also a livestream option.

This play contains adult content, including issues of serious illness and death, and strong language, and is not recommended for children (rated PG-13).

Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (call 316-284-5205 for credit card orders only). Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting 30 minutes before showtime and subject to availability. Tickets are $10 for adults or livestream; $8 for non-Bethel students and adults 65 and older; $2 for Bethel students (unless paid for by faculty). Prospective students: Check with the Office of Admissions about an activities pass if you don’t already have one. 

COVID-19 protocols will be observed: limited seating; physical distancing enforced between non-family groups; face coverings must be worn at all times.


Bethel offers the following courses:

COA 104/304 Theater Practicum

COA 201 Living in Performance

COA 210 Introduction to Theater

COA 333 Prison Theater Project

COA 335 Styles of Acting

COA 413 Theater Production and Direction

Bethel also offers speech and theater teacher licensure.


For more information on Bethel’s theater program, contact Karen Robu, assistant professor of communication arts and director of theater.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.