Frank Wood ’83, the Tony Award-winning actor who is currently starring in The Babylon Line at the Lincoln Center Theater, discussed his family’s ties to the election in an interview with the Lincoln Center Theater Blog.
In the interview, Wood noted he is the brother of Maggie Hassan, the current governor of New Hampshire and U.S. Senator-elect. His father, Robert Coldwell Wood, Wesleyan’s Andrus Professor of Government, Emeritus, had also taught at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had served as the first under secretary in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Johnson administration.
Through his father’s political connections, Wood met many interesting people. “I remember listening to all these people, but we were also encouraged to talk and, whether we knew it or not, develop our speaking skills,” he said.
Wood said that this training led to acting, which he pursued at Wesleyan as an undergraduate and later at New York University as a graduate student in theater.