About Florida Repertory Theatre
Abigail Zealey Bess**
is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director. Her work has crossed boundaries and platforms for many years as an independent director and producer in film and theatre and she has been specializing in new work since she arrived on these shores and established her company, Weird Sisters, as a theatrical entity in 1997. Under Weird Sisters, she has developed numerous projects in collaboration with women writers both established and newly emerging on the New York scene. Her debut film: Play Ball! (Fanfare for A Common Man, Random Acts of Intimacy, Caught in Time) screened throughout the globe at over 40 festivals garnering Best Film at seven USA festivals, and 1st Prize for Best Short Film by woman director at the LA Women In Film Competition. NY Theatres include Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Foundry Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Here, Cort Theatre Broadway, Internationally Edinburgh Festival, Young Vic, Strand Theatre, London. Recent Projects: The Radicalization of Rolfe, Players Theatre, Soho Playhouse NY Fringe 2016, Paper Doll by Susan Eve Haar Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Film Projects on the film festival circuit include the award-winning Mary and Louise, Icarus Stops For Breakfast (Jerome Grant Finalist), due for release in the Summer 2018. Feature length scripts currently in development include Walking Shadows, the story of two unlikely Vets finding friendship and rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of Vietnam by Chris Ceraso and The Beacon, a psychological thriller by Bryant Martin. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, SDC, Actors Studio DPU, NYWIFT, LPTW and Board Member of Dell Arte Opera. She is on the Faculty for the MFA Film Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, NYCDA and is represented by Linda Weaver at Access Talent.