Wes Shippee is a NYC-based Drama Desk-nominated sound designer, audio engineer, and musician. He relocated from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City in 2006 to pursue a music degree from New York University, having previously taken classes at Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Shortly after beginning his studies at NYU, Wes began collaborating with Dan Bianchi, writer/director/producer of the innovative sound-based performance group RadioTheatre. RadioTheatre would go on to win several New York Innovative Theatre awards, in addition to earning Dan and Wes a Drama Desk award nomination for sound design in 2010. To date, Wes has been involved with over 100 RadioTheatre shows, in both NYC and national touring appearances.
In 2008, the NYU Music Technology faculty selected Wes to participate in a prestigious new internship at Radio City Music Hall. During this six month stint with the sound department at RCMH, Wes mixed both the orchestra and production tracks for the legendary Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as working on other high-profile concerts.
Since 2006, Wes has freelanced with several elite production companies in NYC mixing corporate events, private parties, fundraisers/galas, and concerts in some of the most iconic venues in New York City, including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Plaza Hotel, Rockefeller Center Plaza, Gotham Hall, the Central Park Zoo, the New York Public Library, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, MoMA, and the World Trade Center. He is also the house audio engineer at the New School for Drama.
Since graduating in 2010, Wes has spent summers in Annapolis, MD designing and mixing summerstock seasons for Tony Award-winning Infinity Theatre Company, and in 2011, Wes took to the high seas and served as head audio engineer for Norwegian Cruise Line's M/S Pride of America in Hawaii. Since that contract, he has designed sound for numerous NCL ships around the world, installing new casts and shows several times per year.
Wes played keyboards for Swedish Grammy Award-winning artist Moneybrother from 2010-2011 supporting artists such as Jesse Malin, Bedouin Soundclash, Matt Nathanson, and Flogging Molly over the course of three national tours. From 2012-2016 he recorded four albums and played dozens of club shows with Brooklyn singer-songwriter Yoni Gordon.
Wes has been producing demos for singer/songwriters in his home studio since 2008 under the 22Leroy Productions imprint, as well as composing music for mobile games (most notably Nut Job Games' "Chipper's Nuts," available on iPhone).