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Bess has been performing professionally for over 25 years. After earning an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory her primary creative focus became solo performance. She has toured original work nationwide and has performed with established companies in a variety of contemporary and classical roles. Recent favorites include Halvard Solness in Ibsen’s The Master Builder and Corryn in Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot. She premiered her live storytelling event with original music and illusatrion , Legbala is a River (2017), and appeared in Dramatic Repertory Company's productions of False Flag by Walt McGough (2018) and Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach (2019). In the Fall of 2020, she co-wrote/adapted, performed, and produced seven episodes of Hausfrau: The Webseries.

"Welden gives a beautifully nuanced performance...." - The Portland Phoenix, March 2019

"canny, mordantly funny... Welden is terrific." - The Portland Phoenix, June 2018

"played with alternating, and impeccably timed, dark intensity and dark humor by Bess Welden"  - Portland Press Herald, June 2018

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