Max McLean is the founder and artistic director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, a New York City-based theatrical producer. Committed to engaging diverse audiences with theatre from a Christian worldview, FPA produced the nationwide hit The Screwtape Letters; C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, now on national tour; and the award-winning Mark’s Gospel.
Max conceived, produced, directed and starred in the theatrical adaptation of one of Lewis’ best-known works, The Screwtape Letters. In its seven-year history—including a successful off-Broadway run in New York and four years on national tour—The Screwtape Letters has been seen by more than 400,000 people. The New York Times said, “The devil has rarely been given his due more perceptively and eruditely . . . clever and satirical.” “A profound experience,” said Christianity Today. And the Chicago Sun-Times called Screwtape, “smart, sizzling entertainment . . . wonderfully clever . . . sensational.” Reviews »
Max adapted C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce for the stage and following a New York City developmental production that work launched its national tour in 2014. Critics call it “Fascinating . . . Brings Lewis to life with lively wit and generous humor.” (The Arizona Republic) “Fantastic. . . Raising questions of eternal significance with disarming ease." (World Magazine) Reviews »
Max’s one-man presentation of Mark’s Gospel earned Chicago’s prestigious Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance.
In a career spanning 30 years, Max has produced, directed, adapted and starred in productions off-Broadway, at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festival, the Pegasus Theater in Chicago, the Dallas Theater Center and the Stratford Festival Theater, as well as at dozens of colleges and performing arts venues across the country.
As narrator of the Listener’s Bible, McLean committed to recapturing the early oral tradition of telling the Bible story with clarity and power. His Bible recordings have twice been nominated for Best Inspirational Audio by the Audio Publisher's Association. Reviews and comments »