“Unfortunately, the reality of an acting career in Australia is a slim one. There is not many people who can actually say that they can work consistently enough to pay their bills and enjoy it.” – Vibewire (August 2013)
As someone who enjoys singing and loves musicals, Wade attended the Voicebox Singing School run by Martine Pavey and Ron Halliday.
“In my many years singing at Voicebox with Ron and Martine, what most inspired me was not only their amazing skills as vocal coaches, but their passion for, belief in and constant support of me as a performer. My time at Voicebox inspired me to believe I could actually have a career in the arts.” – Voicebox Testimonial
During his time at WAAPA, he did several plays like Chekhov’s The Seagull as Kostya, Talking To Terrorists as the ambassador, The Trial, Attempts On Her Life and Threepenny Opera.
In 2010, in addition to the plays, he did two short films while at WAAPA. He played the roles of James and the Devil in Epiphany with Oliver Wakelin and Eloise Winstock. He also had a small role in Peachy Keen playing Postie.
In 2011, Wade did several plays. The Real World for the National Play Festival, directed by Sam Strong. K.I.J.E. for the Tamarama Rock Surfers, directed by Sarah Giles and The Damned, directed by Andrew Lewis for the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth. He did an impressive job in the latter one, playing 4 different characters and received great reviews for his work.
In December 2011, Wade took part in a workshop facilitated by Kevin Spacey at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney. Only 21 actors were chosen for the workshop.
In 2012, he did a sci-fi, supernatural short film Yardbird. Wade played the bully Jed who tries to intimidate and scare a young girl named Ruby and her father but soon he realizes that Ruby is not some random kid but has special abilities that turn out to be quite dangerous for him and his friends. The film received a lot of praise and won several awards including Best Australian Short Film at Sydney Film Festival and Flickerfest Sydney. It was the only Australia film in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
He continued his work on stage and played the role of Adam in Blood Pressure, directed by Sanja Simic. It was his most challenging role to date. The role didn’t just hit close to home but he also lost a lot of weight and it drained him physically.
“The play was about two brothers – one whom had donated an organ to the other. It was set in a hotel room in real time over the course of 90 mins. The character I played was the organ recipient, and his body had started to reject the transplant. The play is all about mortality and brotherhood and the lengths that we go to for family. It is certainly the most emotionally rich and demanding role I’ve ever played.” – Who Asked You? (June 2017)
In September 2012, Flume’s music video Sleepless from their debut album Flume was released. Wade played the lead role in it.
In 2012, he was cast as Geoffrey in Please Like Me, playing Josh Thomas’s boyfriend. The show premiered on February 28, 2013 on ABC TV and received several awards including nominations from Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and GLAAD. Wade appeared in all of S1. He returned for one episode in S2 that aired on August 26, 2014 and then again to wrap up his character’s story in S4 which aired December 7, 2016.
“This show was kind of my first proper TV gig, so it kind of was my upbringing and I realized how much this family of people and how kind and how relaxed and how hard working everyone is here and it really kind of like formed the way in which I try and govern myself in the industry now. I really owe a lot to Please Like Me for that.” – ABC TV (December 2016)
At the beginning of 2013, Wade did the play Rust and Bone for the Griffin Theatre, adapted by award-winning playwright Caleb Lewis, from the short stories by Canadian writer Craig Davidson.
Following the play, he found himself unemployed for quite some time but instead of just sitting on his couch he became Captain Starlight for the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help sick children affected by chronic illness and make them smile.
“I have always adored kids. I have always loved hanging out with kids. I tend to get along better with a 4 year old than I do with most adults. I think it’s because we have similar interests and attention spans.” – Vibewire (August 2013)
In August 2014, Wade appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tortured assistant Dylan Blocke in a series of ads Australia Lives Here for realestate.com.au.
Still in 2014, Wade got together with his best friends Scott Brownlee and Ben Abraham and they created the short film Lake. Scott released a teaser at the beginning of 2015.
At the end of 2014, he appeared in 3 episodes of the long-running Australian hit show Home And Away and 3 more episodes in 2015. He played Sam Kennedy.
In 2015, Scott Brownlee released One Night on his Vimeo and YouTube channels. The short film was written, directed and produced by Wade himself and filmed in one night in Amsterdam with Wade Briggs and Emily Eskell as the leads.
In the same year, he played Weasel in the short film Kid, directed by Matt Levett who also plays the lead role. The film premiered in August 2017 at the Rhode Island Film Festival.
He kept himself busy in 2015 and shot the feature film Spirit Of The Game alongside Kevin Sorbo and Aaron Jakubenko. The film is based on true events with Wade portraying Mormon Yankee Don Hull and was released on October 7, 2016 in the USA.
Continuing in 2015, he took on a small role as King of France in the play King Lear alongside Geoffrey Rush.
At the beginning of 2016, he did the play Ladies Day for the Griffin Theatre, about a gay man who deals with PTSD after being raped. His intense performance earned him rave reviews.
Early 2016, he was cast as Benvolio Montague in Still Star-Crossed, a Shonda Rhimes production. This marked Wade’s first American production. The first season was shot over the course of 6 months in Spain and premiered on May 29, 2017 on ABC. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after just 7 episodes.
According to Scott Brownlee’s instagram, him and Wade did another short film while in Spain in 2016.
In 2017, he wrapped 3 projects. The feature film What If It Works?, playing the bad boy and street artist Sledgehammer. The film is set to premiere October 12, 2017.
He also did the feature film Reaching Distance, playing the lead character Logan, a cynic with a photographic memory, who follows his sister’s killer onto a night-rider bus. In a live stream with fans in August, he said that out of all the characters he has played, Logan was the most like him. The movie is currently in post-production.
“It was a great challenge to try and orchestrate my performance in only one environment. I think what it did do is concentrate and intensify my character’s emotions – and it forced me to be extremely clear in each and every moment. I hope it will make for compelling viewing.” – Who Asked You? (June 2017)
And last but not least, he finished the short comedy Your Call Is Important to Us where he plays Dominic. The film is currently in post-production and is expected to be released at the end of 2017.
In a live stream in August, he mentioned that he plans to go to LA in order to attend several auditions.
Wade has many talents and interests. He loves visual art and to collaborate with other artists. He writes twisted children stories in his free time that he is also illustrating and trying to publish and has a few more projects coming up.