Hi, I'm Bess (she/they)! As I have had the amazing fortune to work more and more in DC and Baltimore, my love the collaborative nature of theater has bloomed. Acting is my first love, but working as a Fight and Intimacy Director has been exceptionally rewarding as the theater community works toward making this intimate art form more inclusive and consent forward.
I received my MFA in Classical Acting from the Academy at STC and my goal is to work on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays. Fortunately, I got to perform in Pericles as part of my graduate studies and this spring I added King Lear to the list assisting Fight Director, Robb Hunter.
You can frequently find me teaching Stage Combat at Fairfax County Public Schools or at the Noble Blades in Herdon, VA.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Stage Combat/Intimacy Training
MFA in Classical Acting | The Shakespeare Theater at GWU
Voice and Speech: Lisa Beley
Text: Alec Wild
Mask: Dody DiSanto, Isabelle Anderson
Acting: Ed Gero, Floyd King
Combat: Robb Hunter
BA Theatre Arts | College of William & Mary
Society of American Fight Directors: Unarmed, Broadsword, Rapier & Dagger, Sword & Shield, Knife, Quarterstaff, Single Sword, Theatrical Firearms Safety
Fight Direction: Lewis Shaw, J. David Brimmer, Robb Hunter, Casey Kaleba
Intimacy for Stage: Ashley White, Dan Granke