Some Things About Wade

“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.

Wade can currently be seen starring as Wade in the new musical WATER FOR ELEPHANTS on Broadway.

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
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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.