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 latest new work, Legbala is a River, in June 2017, and appeared in the world premiere of False Flag in June 2018.

"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

©2017 by Bess Welden

Solness in "The Master Builder"

Colby College Photo by Melissa Blackall