A native of North Dakota, Wes Webb is an actor, singer, writer, composer, and educator living in San Antonio after 16 years in New York City. Wes holds an M. F. A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has extensive experience working with both professionals and beginners of all ages and is certified to teach in the states of Texas, New York, and Minnesota. Wes has been a faculty member at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where he taught musical theatre. From 2005-2016, he served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight youth as agents of change. Wes has also taught writing on faculty at New York University and has worked as a classroom music teacher and teaching artist in several public schools.
• Served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a performing group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change.
• Directed weekly rehearsals with approximately 30 youth.
• Lead youth in technique workshops in singing, acting, and dance.
• Lead the Peer Empowerment Project, connecting YPC singers with New York City public school students around issues of bullying.
• Wrote scripts and musical arrangements for performance.
• Trained and supervised the Music Director/Accompanist and Assistant Director and managed guest choreographers.
• Recruited and managed volunteers in videography, photography, graphic design, marketing, and public relations.
• Collaborated with the producers of the Broadway musical Fun Home to create a music video for their marketing campaign featuring YPC youth performing the show’s hit song “Ring of Keys.”
• Created a YouTube video of YPC singers performing “Ooh Child” for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” in response to LGBT youth suicides. The video has received over 100,000 views.
• Facilitated an exchange between YPC and Rosie’s Theater Kids, Rosie O’Donnell’s musical theater program for underserved NYC youth. Both groups performed for each other and engaged in peer-to-peer dialogue about bullying and their shared experiences as young artists.
• Wrote an original chorus anthem with Our Lady J (staff writer on the Amazon hit series Transparent) inspired by the singers' words, elicited through a series of weekly writing exercises.
• Prepared youth for a special performance at The White House.
• Collaborated with Cyndi Lauper on a number of events including her Home for the Holidays concert benefitting homeless LGBT youth.
• Directed performances for events including the GLAAD Media Awards, GLSEN’s Respect Awards, and PFLAG’s Straight for Equality.
• Directed 100 youth from groups around the US in a collaborative performance at the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver.
• Taught over 200 students in grades 6-12.
• Designed and implemented musical theatre and choral music curricula and assessments in line with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme framework. The curricula focus on performance skills, composition of original work, and critical analysis of professional work.
• Provided individual voice lessons and acting coaching.
• Directed all students in mid-year lecture/demonstrations and end-of-year performances for the school community.
• Accompanied all classes, arranged music, choreographed and taught dances.
• Served as Performance Coordinator for both the middle and high school across all artistic disciplines.
• Organized annual field trips to professional performances.
• Lead advisory group of twelve 7th grade students.
• Mentored and supervised resident teacher in training.
• Directed the middle school Glee Club.
• Conducted and sang with Our Lady J’s Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir in numerous performances at such venues as Joe's Pub, The Zipper Factory, and Santos Party House, and sang on several demo recordings.
• Administered 18 school partnerships serving 2,500 students in NYC.
• Managed a staff of 30 teaching artists.
• Designed curricula and documented teaching and learning.
• Co-designed and facilitated NDI’s Teaching Special Populations Workshop and Teaching Artist Training Programs.
• Trained staff and volunteers to host over 3,000 children at NDI's year-end Advanced Teams performance.
• Served as project manager for a collaboration between NDI and PS 163M to develop new arts in education curricula funded by a grant from The New York State Council on the Arts.
• Designed and facilitated annual teaching artist retreats for over 40 staff.
• Hired and managed summer interns from Wesleyan University and Harvard University’s Center For Public Interest Careers.
• Co-wrote a grant resulting in an award of $75,000 to support three new school partnerships.
• Wrote a grant funding an all-day retreat to assess K-5 arts learning at PS 163M. Participants included the school’s arts partners, specialists, administration, grade leaders, and parent representatives.
• Received a grant award to visit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education to study CAPE’s practices in arts education.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Special Education, Artistic Excellence, and Inclusion: Creating Partnerships Between Differently Abled Students,” a workshop in which participants learned inclusion program structures and teaching techniques and articulated applications of these methods to their own work and programs.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Responding to Bullying in Schools,” a workshop in which participants identified the arts education field’s unique challenges and assets for addressing bullying.
• Co-planned and facilitated “Meet and Greet 2009,” a joint networking event between the NYC AIE Roundtable and the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable that attracted record numbers of participants.
• Co-planned and facilitated the Roundtable’s “Annual Kick-Off 2010” event.
Staged readings of original works including:
The Birthday Boy
• Original music, book, and lyrics.
• A musical that investigates the science and ethics of cloning.
• Directed by Darren Katz.
Emmy & Albert
• Original music.
• A musical based on the lives and work of Albert Einstein and mathematician Emmy Noether.
• Reading at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
• Presented conference paper “A Look At Cher.”
• Served on the music grant review panel for two LMCC community grant programs: the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
• Taught “Art In The World” and “The World Through Art,” a sequence of courses in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts that asks students to investigate such topics as the creative process, art and public space, and to write a film review.
• Taught “The Advanced College Essay” an interdisciplinary writing course in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.
• Taught “Writing The Essay,” an introductory essay course designed to expose students to a spectrum of personal to academic essay writing.
• Created all course materials, conferenced regularly with each student, and administered all grades.
• Received consistently high student evaluations.
• Student work recognized in Mercer Street, NYU's publication of each year's best student writing.
• Taught vocal music and dance classes.
• Directed over 150 children in fall and spring musicals.
• Taught vocal/general music classes.
• Wrote, directed, and choreographed 3rd grade musical.
• Developed units in music literacy, songwriting and composition, jazz, Orff, and instruments of the orchestra.