Performance

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

Solness in "The Master Builder"
Solness in "The Master Builder"

Colby College Photo by Melissa Blackall

Barb in "Swimming in the Shallows"
Barb in "Swimming in the Shallows"

Dramatic Rep. Photo by Emily Delamater

"Big Mouth Thunder Thighs," PortFringe 2012

Pauline in "A Bright New Boise"
Pauline in "A Bright New Boise"

Fenix Theatre. Photo by Eric Obery

"Passion of the Hausfrau"
"Passion of the Hausfrau"

Portland Stage. Photo by Zara Tsanev

Corryn in "Gidion's Knot"
Corryn in "Gidion's Knot"

Dramatic Rep. Photo by Craig Robinson

Big Mouth Thunder Thighs
Big Mouth Thunder Thighs

Portland Stage. Photo by Darren Setlow

Big Mouth Thunder Thighs
Big Mouth Thunder Thighs

Portland Stage. Photo by Darren Setlow