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"Portland theater artist Bess Welden [is] a dynamic, intelligent force in Maine performance and education." 

The Portland Phoenix

Bess is named a 2022 Creative Community Fellow - New England by National Arts Strategies.

Bess Welden - Legbala

illustration by Jamie Hogan for Portland Stage


photo by Katie Day


photo by Melissa Blackall

Black lives matter.

I, Bess Welden, share the following letter because I have supported white fragility and supremacy in U.S. theater. I have been seen doing so by the community of Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) theatermakers, and I see myself and my actions in this letter. I share this to amplify the voices of BIPOC artists and administrators in our field, and to hold myself accountable to my actions.

I humbly and gratefully acknowledge that I live and create on the unceded land of Wabanaki territory.

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