Wesley Diener is the director Junie B. Jones the Musical JR, the first show of our 2018-19 Season, and is also the director of the Starshine Singers and All Stars musical theatre troupes.
Wesley Diener recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Distinguished Majors Program, the Performance Concentration, and the Miller Art Scholars.
Wesley is a versatile stage director in the genres of opera, musical theatre, and theatre. He most recently directed Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s opera Le Devin du village at the UVA Department of Music and Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the UVA Department of Drama. He also directed Viewing Pleasure for the University of Virginia’s New Works Festival and assisted under Mary Birnbaum (Charlottesville Opera) and Dave Dalton (University of Virginia).
At DMR Adventures, Wesley currently directs the All Stars and Starshine Singers and operates a private vocal studio. He music directed Annie Jr. and Captain Louie Jr., as well as various summer camps including Broadway Baby and Gleeked Out!. He has also worked at Imagination Stage, which specializes in inclusive theatre education. This season, he will direct Junie B. Jones Jr. and serve as a music director for Broadway at the Paramount.
Additionally, Wesley pursues a professional operatic career. This summer, he will appear as an Apprentice Artist and sing Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) in Teatro Nouvo’s debut season. This season, he also performed the titular role in Rousseau’s Le Devin du Village and joined Victory Hall Opera as the cover of Le Genie in Rameau’s Sympathy. He recently returned to the Bethesda Music Festival as Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) and made his Italian debut with the Bel Canto Institute in Tuscany. In previous seasons, he performed with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in France (Mireille), the Bethesda Summer Music Festival (The Bartered Bride, West Side Story), and Charlottesville Opera (La traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors).