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Fine Arts


As theater artists, we will SEEK a better understanding of the human experience as well as ourselves.

We will SERVE the community through sharing our God-given talents through performance. We will GROW as individuals and as a part of the larger community committing ourselves to engaging the world around as modeled by the servant Christ.

Theater at Bethel College is as distinct as the institution. You’ll have a variety of opportunities to participate on stage and behind the scenes in a diverse offering of productions each year. As part of a liberal arts education, the theater department 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. Each year, the department produces multiple productions including plays, musicals and an opera every other year. You will find a caring and committed faculty who engage and encourage the individual as well as ensure the highest quality productions.

Current season

All performances take place in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center unless otherwise noted. Tickets can be purchased at the Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (316-284-5205). Tickets can also be purchased at the door one half hour before show time and subject to availability.

Ticket prices: Call the Thresher Shop, 316-284-5205 during regular business hours, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for up-to-date information. Ticket prices are generally discounted for non-Bethel students and senior citizens, as well as Bethel students. If you’re a prospective student, make sure you check with the Office of Admissions about an activities pass if you don’t already have one.


Bethel offers the following courses: Theater Practicum, Styles of Acting, Theater Production and Direction, Living in Performance and Studies in Drama. Bethel also offers speech and theater teacher licensure.

Contact Information

For more information on the Bethel’s theater program, contact John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts.

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.