‘Ratched’ star and Ryan Murphy favorite Finn Wittrock can trace his flourishing career back to the Berkshires
Finn Wittrock jokes that he was raised with the sounds of “iambic pentameter ringing in my ears.” And indeed, theater first cast its spell on the Lenox native as a kid coming of age amid the hustle and bustle of the world-renowned Shakespeare & Company. Now 35, the actor who stars in the upcoming Ryan Murphy-produced series “Ratched” credits his youth spent in the Berkshires as the time when he caught the acting bug.
Wittrock’s father, Peter, worked as an actor and teacher at the company, and his mother, Kate Crowley, ran the education department. Though the Wittrocks moved to Chicago when Finn was 6, and later to Los Angeles, they returned every summer to Lenox. Until he was 16, Wittrock and his gaggle of friends — the children of company members — played in the woods, engaged in sword fights with sticks, sometimes trod the boards in small roles,