JANUARY Membership Podcast (Closed): Theater Begins Here

Hannah Joyce, Alayna Jacqueline, and guest Bess Frankel
Wednesday, January 25th @ 9:30am - 10:30am CT
Online via Zoom

Structure: Closed Webinar.

Captioning: For all recording sessions, we enable Zoom's auto-generated captioning. Closed captioning will be available with the podcast (audio-only recording) published on the website. 

Recordings: We are recording this session and will only publish the audio recording record. This is a webinar, so you will be able to see and hear the hosts, but we will not be able to see or hear you.


What are the unseen works or careers as an artist? Does success matter if some people do not see it? In this episode of Theater Begins Here, we have theater artist, Bess Frankel, joining us to talk about invisible success.

As always, we will respond to questions from the live audience or those submitted via the Membership Podcast: Theater Begins Here Questions Form.

This Episode is for Those Who:

  • Are interested in different writing career paths.
  • Have experienced invisible success.
  • Want tips on how to have a sustainable career.
  • Want to hear about Bess's journey of discovering her invisible success.

What to Expect:

  • This is in webinar format. Therefore, we will not be able to see or hear you. You will only be able to communicate with us through the Q&A section of the Zoom webinar.
  • We are running our own tech, so we may take a beat to get set up :)
  • All participants must agree to comply with the Membership Participation Agreements.



Bess Frankel is a theatre-maker working in playwriting, directing, and adapting. As a playwright, her work has been a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, Jewish Plays Project, the Drama League’s Beatrice Terry Residency, and twice the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. As an associate/assistant director, Bess has worked on Broadway, at the Goodman Theater, the Public Theater, and the Signature Theater, among others. She was the long-term assistant to playwright Lynn Nottage, and currently serves as the Co-Director and Head of Playwriting for CreateHER, a free theatre education program for girls and non-binary high school students. Bess received a BFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Michigan (Go Blue) and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

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