Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional theatre associated with Actors' Equity Association. Many of our casts also include children and teens, most of whom are selected from students in our classes and workshops.
Andrew Barbato* (Bilbo Baggins)
Andrew Barbato is excited to return to WFT this fall as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. He currently resides in a small hobbit hole at the top of New York City where he writes, acts, directs, and roller blades. Wheelock Family Theatre has been an instrumental force in his artistic development and he feels lucky to have been nurtured by founding members Jane Staab and Sue Kosoff, along with all the other magical creatures at WFT. In a recent hiatus from New York, Andrew sailed the sea flying around as Peter Pan with Disney Cruise Lines. He originally played Peter Pan at Wheelock in 2008, an experience he will never ever forget. Other roles at WFT include Dickon in The Secret Garden, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical, and Jack in Lord of the Flies. Much like Bilbo Baggins, Andrew Barbato is on a mysterious adventure in search of a treasure that is not his to claim. He has come upon some dragons and trolls, but it's places like WFT that replenish his soul and remind him that the journey is much richer than the destination.
Calvin Braxton* (Gandalf)
Calvin is happy to be returning to Wheelock Family Theatre as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Calvin was last seen at WFT in The Prince and The Pauper. Most recently he appeared as “The Fish” in Lila Rose Kaplan’s play, The Magic Fish, directed by American Repertory Theater’s Allegra Libonati for the Outside the Box festival. Last season, he appeared in The Huntington Theatre’s production of A Raisin in the Sun. Before that, he was seen as Crooks in Of Mice and Men presented by Moonbox Productions. Other Boston area credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Inspecting Carol and Animal Crackers at Lyric Stage, multiple roles in the last two incarnations of Honest Ghost Productions' Blood Rose Rising, Hot Mikado at New Repertory Theatre, and In the Blood at Zeitgeist Stage. Regional credits include Seven Stages Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet at New Art Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Palace Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun at AmeriCulture Arts Festival in Fitchburg, MA. Mr. Braxton is also a member of the educational theater group, Theatre Espresso and of True Story Theater, an improv troupe that promotes social healing. Striving to expand his on-camera presence, he has appeared in commercials for the New England Lottery, Connecticut Lottery, the New England College of Business and Finance, and Neighborhood Health Plan (Diabetes Awareness). He has also filmed a number of independent and student films and is a frequently sought after corporate video actor having done work for such companies as Staples, Advance Auto Parts, Iron Mountain and Ocean Spray. Interested in all aspects of performing, Mr. Braxton was a singing character in the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil, participating in the North American, European, Australian and Japanese Tours of their show Dralion. Trained primarily in music, he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University (NC) and a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma in Voice and Opera from the University of Michigan. When not performing as an actor and singer, Mr. Braxton keeps busy as a certified group fitness instructor teaching Zumba Fitness and muscle conditioning classes in and around the Boston area.
Members of Actors’ Equity appearing in photos on this website: Andrew Barbato and Calvin Braxton.