Fall Commencement 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:30pm

The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held in Trinity Chapel with a reception in Honsey Hall.

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Commencement Speaker

Peter Bloedel grew up in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the youngest of five siblings. As a young man, Bloedel taught himself to juggle, do magic tricks, and play a variety of folk instruments, spurring a love for performance, song writing, script writing, and vaudeville. He is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and earned his master of arts degree in theatre arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bloedel came back to Bethany in 1993 to grow the theatre department, building on the theatrical tradition that was fostered by his predecessor and mentor, Sigurd K. Lee. 

The first full-time faculty member to work solely in the area of theatre, Bloedel was instrumental in developing the theatre curriculum and the theatre major/minor at Bethany. Currently he serves as the chair of the Bethany Lutheran College theatre department. He is the originator and founder of Bethany’s long standing annual vaudeville revue, Theatre Physics, which just marked its 23rd year of performances this fall. 

Bloedel is the author of several plays. His combined published titles including: The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, A Play with Words, The Rules of Comedy, and The Distracted Scholar’s Guide to Literature and Drama, have been performed over 4,800 times in over 40 different countries.

In 2010, Bloedel was honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the writing, directing, and for the composition of original music for his musical play Jam Jar Sonnets (music co-written by Benji Inniger). Last May Bloedel co-wrote (with Emily Kimball) and directed the romantic comedy Aboveboard, and this fall he remounted his original Minnesota comedy Icehouse, both in Bethany’s Sigurd K. Lee Theater.

A long-standing member on the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for Youth Outreach, Bloedel enjoys working with church youth groups and is a regular presenter and leader at the annual Lutheran Youth Association summer conventions. 

He is one of the founding members of the acoustic music group The Divers who have been making music since 1991, and continue to perform around the country. Bloedel still loves performing regularly as a magician/juggler, but also enjoys lecturing on topics ranging from creativity to deception, and influence. 

Bloedel met his wife Sarah (Raabe) at Bethany and the two got married in 1995. They have four children: Hans, Emma, Greta, and Ingrid.