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.