“McCollum offers a stunning star turn... seamlessly fusing his well-honed talents into a raging specter...” Variety
Wade McCollum is an award-winning American-born actor, singer, dancer, filmmaker,
composer, writer, director, and co-founder of a neuroscience/music startup through
Cornell Tech. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Pennsylvania.
On-screen McCollum has appeared opposite Clive Owen in THE KNICK, Keisha Castle- Hughs
in FBI: MOST WANTED, Tea Leoni in MADAME SECRETARY, and Julianna Margulies in NIGHTCAP.
McCollum has played starring roles on Broadway, London’s West End,
and in numerous Off-Broadway shows; most notably his Lucille Lortel Award nominated
star turn as the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton in Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, for which he garnered
the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for “Best Actor” while the show won the Off-Broadway
Alliance Award for “Best Musical 2017.” Ernest Shackleton Loves Me was filmed live in NYC and
can be seen on: www.broadwayhd.com.
In addition to being nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award and winning the Norton Award,
Wade has also won the Garland Award, LA Drama Critic Circle Award, 2 Drammy Awards,
Dallas Fort Worth Critic Circle Award and earned an Ovation Award nomination.
As a composer and writer, McCollum’s critically acclaimed work has been
seen on stages all over the country including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival,
Classic Stage Company, 59e59th Street Theater, Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Insight Out
Theater Collective, and The Alchemy.
Be it in theater, on screen, in boardrooms, classrooms, or laboratories, McCollum’s life
breath is one wherein art and science intersect. A Queer Cisgender man of mixed
European and Indigenous North American ancestry, McCollum was born into a nomadic
family. Rock & Roll was their sustenance and a sparkly green 1978 dodge van was his
home. This dynamic beginning catapulted Wade into a life of creativity, curiosity, and momentum.