Actor - Writer - Director
Wesley Guimarães is an actor, writer and director based in Los Angeles.
He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro until relocating to Italy at age 16 to attend a United World College. From there, he immigrated to the United States to study Theater & Dance at Amherst College. He holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.
As an artist, he works from a deep sense of heritage and community to create work that uplifts his culture and celebrates his identity. He is a passionate collaborator whose work has been featured at the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, The Huntington Theater and film festivals in Los Angeles, New York and Brazil.
The only child of a single mother who works in the cooking industry, Wesley is a competent sous-chef, a soccer fanatic, a lover of samba and Carnaval, and a disciple of Augusto Boal's teachings in The Theater of The Oppressed.
"It is forbidden to walk over the grass. It is not forbidden to fly over the grass." - Augusto Boal
As an independent freelance director and theater-maker, Wes' work has been recently supported by The Center for International Theater Development (CITD), and he has directed for The American Conservatory Theater M.F.A. program, and Amherst College.
And as a freelance filmmaker, Wes' writes and produces his work independently with friends and collaborators. His work is anchored by rich collaboration processes & an extensive devising background. His debut short-film 'Relief' is an Official Selection at the New York Long Island Film Festival and was a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA).