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Fellowship for Performing Arts produces theatre from a Christian worldview that engages a diverse audience. Based in New York City and founded in 1992 by Max McLean, FPA creates award-winning theatre staged in major performing arts venues across the country. FPA’s productions include the nationwide hit C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’ The Great DivorceMartin Luther on Trial, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert and live presentations of Mark’s Gospel, Genesis and The Book of Acts.

Max McLean Fellowship for Performing Arts

Meet Max McLean

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 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.”

Max adapted C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce for the stage and following a New York City developmental run, the production launched its national tour in 2014. The Washington Post said The Great Divorce is “Riveting.”

Max’s one-man presentation of Mark’s Gospel earned him 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.

Founded in 1992, Fellowship for Performing Arts combines dramatic expression, oral interpretation and compelling narrative storytelling to help audiences reflect more deeply on the Bible and Christian faith.

“At the root of Christianity is the admission that this world is not what it ought to be, and at the heart of being a Christian is the confession that, ‘I am part of the problem,'” McLean says. “Our vision is to select stories that explore how and why consequential choices are made and to produce those stories on stage in a manner that engages diverse audiences.”

Max is married to Sharon, and they have two married daughters, Rachel and Julia, and four grandchildren. Max and Sharon are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.


Fellowship Circle Newsletter

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  • • 2016 Brims with opportunities for FPA
    • London’s Park Theatre prepares for Screwtape
    Most Reluctant Convert engages an agnostic
    • From the Desk of Max McLean

    • A Celebration and Look Ahead
    • Touching Lives With Imaginative Art
    • From the Desk of Max McLean
    • New York Times Review of The Great Divorce
    • Audiences Respond to The Great Divorce
    • Screwtape Letters Touches Lives
    • FPA Production Engages Students
    • Critics Respond to Screwtape and The Great Divorce: The New York Times, The Washington Post, World Magazine and more
    • The curtain rises on FPA’s New York season!
    • It began with ‘Hi, friends…’
    • Making a Difference by Design
    • With Eternity in our Hearts
    • FPA’s first-ever theatrical season…in New York!
    • New ways to tell the oldest story
    • Full list of Fellowship Circle members
    • A long journey…together
    • A committed Fellowship for the Arts
    • The Listener’s Bible at 20
    • Discerning God’s Will for FPA
    • The Impact of Excellence
    • 2015: A Big Year Ahead For FPA
    • Leadership Matters
    • Planting Seeds of Transformation
    • Martin Luther on Trial
    • Where Lewis Stood
    • The Great Divorce Inspires Audiences to Actions
    • Screwtape looks to London
    • FPA Puts Martin Luther on Trial
    • The Great Divorce – From New York to National Tour
    • Screwtape Continues Touching Lives
    • Open Doors for FPA
    • The Enduring Impact for C.S. Lewis
    • From Vice to Virtue by Max McLean
    • The Great Divorce Moves Forward
    • Audiences and Critics Respond
    • New Actor plays Screwtape
    • The Screwtape Letters National Tour
    • Creating Culture with Excellence by Max Mclean
    • Students Inspired by Screwtape
    • Critics Respond
    • National Tour Coming to a City Near You
    • Theatre as Divine Spark by Max McLean
    • From the Audience
    • Screwtape National Tour Update
    • Critics Respond
    • Theatre: Engaging the Imagination
    • Screwtape: National Tour Update
    • C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce
    • Critics Respond
    • National Tour Update
    • How Theatre Impacts Culture
    • FPA Has Moved to Broadway!
    • Critics Respond
    • Screwtape Letters in New York
    • Interviews Max McLean
    • 2011 National Tour
    • Critics Respond to Screwtape
    • Mark´s Gospel Wins Prestigious Jeff Award
    • Screwtape’s Surprise Success
    • Why Good Theatre is Needed
    • ls Christianity Alienating?
    • Critics Respond to Mark’s Gospel
    • FPA Opens New York City Office