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.
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 2012-2019 he recorded five albums and played dozens of club shows with singer-songwriter Yoni Gordon, who he met on the final Moneybrother tour.
In 2011, Wes took to the high seas and served as head audio engineer for Norwegian Cruise Line'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.
For over a decade, Wes has spent summers in Annapolis, MD designing and mixing summerstock seasons for Tony Award-winning Infinity Theatre Company.
For 15 years, 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 also mixes theatrical productions and musical performances as a staff engineer at The New School's College of Performing Arts.