Troupe Motto - Be proud enough to give nothing but your best, but be humble enough to give that best for one person.
The Genesians of Bethel College is a religious drama troupe with serious intent of presenting spiritual truths through the medium of drama. For 44 years, the troupe has given more than 1,000 performances in churches and assemblies in the United States and Canada.
The Genesians take their name from Genesius, a Roman actor in the court of Diocletian during the fourth century. In the course of his acting career, he was asked to play the part of a Roman general who became a Christian. During the performance of the play, Genesius suddenly felt the love of God touch his heart so clearly that he stopped acting and told the Emperor Diocletian that he had become a Christian.
When Diocletian demanded that he recant, Genesius refused. He was taken from the stage, tortured, then finally martyred for his new-found faith. Genesius, then, could be considered the patron saint of religious drama, an example of courage and supreme commitment to the cause of Christ.