"…complexity, charm, solid vocal technique and washboard abs…he gave a masterfully nuanced account of Billy's Soliloquy."
-Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis-Dispatch
Wes is a Brooklyn based actor, singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. A professional opera singer for over 16 years, he possesses a talent for dialects and impersonations as well as vocal abilities that have earned him a reputation as a genre defying singing artist.
Most recently he was tabbed as one of 12 singers to participate in a workshop of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things directed by Lee Sunday Evans with Ars Nova. This July, he joins director Cara Gabriel and conductor Robert Wood of Urban Arias to perform a staged version of Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
Noted stage performances include Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Union Avenue Opera directed by Ken Page, Curly in Oklahoma! with Maryland Live Arts, Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables with Utah Festival OMT, Three Decembers with Fargo-Moorhead Opera directed by Austin Regan, Father Flynn in Cuomo and Shanley's Doubt with Union Avenue Opera, Stanley Kowalski in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, the title role in Thomas’ Hamlet with Fort Worth Opera, Hannah Before in Reed, Kaminski, and Campbell's As One with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and recently staged workshops of Jimmy Roberts, Catherine Filloux, and John Daggett’s newest musical All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go directed by Hannah Ryan.
Television and film credits include supporting and guest star roles in Last Moment Of Clarity, Adulthood, Six Degrees of Murder, and more. He is particularly proud of his appearances in the mini-series documentary Sex, Love and Intimacy After Spinal Chord Injury, a video archive about sexuality following spinal chord injury, created by Mount Sinai Hospital and the Craig H Neilsen Foundation, produced by his wife Heather La Kor.
Wes received his Artist Diploma from The Academy of Vocal Arts and his Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan where he was presented the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding contribution to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He also studied Meisner technique at the William Esper Studio under Suzanne Esper for their summer intensive and studied on camera acting with Heidi Marshall.