Self portrait

I’m a NYC-based scenic designer committed to making emotionally-resonate, visceral work that’s grounded in rigorous dramaturgy and profound empathy. Studying Anthropology at Princeton University has informed my deeply held belief in the transformative power of an engaged community and – by extension – the cultural urgency of theater as storytelling defined by collaboration and community. From developing new work to reimagining classics, I’m inspired by the power of metaphor to fuel the imagination and the strength of truth to engage the heart. As a queer man, I believe in the necessity and value of politically-engaged, inclusive work that actively elevates and celebrates marginalized voices. 

At Princeton, I was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, the University’s highest award to a graduating senior in recognition for excellence in the arts. My recent design work includes The Recruiting Officer (set, The Center at Park West), Basement (set, Shetler Studios), The White Dress (set, American Theater of Actors), I.M. Lost (Theater for the New City), Man of La Mancha (set, Princeton Festival), Lost and Guided (set, lights, costumes, UNDER St Marks), Gruesome Playground Injuries (set, lights, Theaterlab). Upcoming projects includeThe Games Afoot (set, Fifth Ave Presbyterian Church), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (set, lights, Princeton Festival), and As You Like (set, The Brick Theater)

Please get in touch at wesleyfcornwell@gmail.com

To download a copy of my résumé, click HERE.