About the Genesians

“Be proud enough to give nothing but your best, but be humble enough to give that best for one person.” – Troupe Motto

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Genesians is a traveling drama troupe that performs throughout the Midwest and Canada. We perform two shows every year, one that performs for churches and the other for elementary and middle schools. We perform two to three times in the fall semester, then about twice a month in the spring semester. During spring break, we take our school show on tour performing one to two times a day. There are also a few school performances during the week in the spring. We also get the opportunity to perform during chapel!

The Genesians really take on a family atmosphere, as there are generally only 5-10 cast members in any given year. We strive to represent Christ’s love and grace through our work ethic and performances while we travel, setup, and perform.


genesians groupThe Genesians of Bethel College is a religious drama troupe with serious intent of presenting spiritual truths through the medium of drama. For over 45 years, the troupe has given more than 1,200 performances in churches and assemblies in the United States and Canada.

The Genesians take the 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.

Contact us as soon as possible to reserve a date for the 2015-16 school year. We will be available for weekday engagements after the first of the year through the middle of April. Of course there are student breaks and other complications throughout the semester, so please have a few dates available when you contact us. We will consider any time from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening shows are also periodically available.

Please contact Barb Franklin at 574.807.7747.