Wes Barnes

Director of Programming

Wes is a LA native who has worked as a performer in shows such as In the Heights, Scottsboro Boys, Newsies, and Choir Boy. He has served as the Diversity Awareness Coordinator at Concordia University Irvine and worked with the group ENCOMPASS, devoted to "creating biased-free classrooms".

As Director of Programming, Wes uses his experience in education and experience in performance to organize Iris events and outreach. He is interested in steering Iris' outreach toward giving students the kind of learning and growth opportunities that he himself found in musical theater.

Wes is passionate about the importance of diverse voices in the arts for social change, and through Iris, he aims to create content that reflects these voices.