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

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. 


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My 15-minute audio rom-coms "Under My Skin" and "What I Miss Most" stream on the MeetCute podcast. Click on the image to listen.

REFUGE MALJA wins the 1st Annual Tel Aviv Jewish Playwriting Contest

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