Artist Bio

Bess Wohl

Ms. Wohl’s plays include Small Mouth Sounds, American Hero, Barcelona, Touched and In. They have been produced or developed at theaters in New York and around the country, including Second Stage, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Vineyard Arts Project, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Northlight Theatre, TheaterWorks New Works Festival, Geffen Playhouse, Vineyard Arts Project, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, Cape Cod Theatre Project and the New York International Fringe Festival (Award for Best Overall Production).  Her original musical about the adult entertainment industry, Pretty Filthy, produced by The Civilians, also premiered off-Broadway and was nominated for both the 2015 Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical. She won the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater, and having a breakthrough year” in 2014-2015.

She also writes for film and television, most recently the pilot Broad Squad for ABC. She is also at work on a new feature for Disney, and has written two features for Paramount Pictures: The Luxe (based on the book) and Virginia (the true story of mob queen Virginia Hill). Her screenplay adaptation of her play In was included on Hollywood’s Black List of best scripts. She has also developed original television pilots for HBO, USA, FOX and the CW.

Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, PlayPenn, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Ars Nova, where she is a Play Group alumna. She has been the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage and Center Theatre Group. As an actress, Ms. Wohl appeared onstage in New York and regionally, and in numerous films and television shows. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, where she was awarded the Rona Jaffe Writing Prize and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was a recipient of the Rebecca West Scholarship. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New York.