Max McLean is President and Artistic Director of Fellowship for the Performing Arts, lead actor/director and author of the theatrical adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, narrator for the Listener’s Bible audio line, and speaker on the daily radio program Listen to the Bible which airs on over 670 radio affiliates worldwide.
Born in Panama City, Panama on April 14, 1953, McLean immigrated to the United States when he was four, via New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The first thing he had to do was master the English language. Due to his father's military career, 'home' included many places across the continental United States, the Far East, and Europe. Max married his wife Sharon in 1976. They have two daughters, Rachel and Julia. Max & Sharon are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City.
McLean played Screwtape in the theatrical adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters that ran at the Westside Theatre in New York City for 309 performances from April 15, 2010 to Jan 10, 2011. In January 2011 the production began a national tour that has continued into 2013. Prior to that McLean toured Mark's Gospel which received the 2009 Jeff Award for best solo play, as well as Genesis. Each of these has received critical acclaim in a wide array of publications including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
His theatrical productions have appeared in several off-Broadway theaters in New York; at the Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festival in Scotland; Pegasus Theater in Chicago; the Dallas Theater Center; the Stratford Festival Theater, as well as dozens of colleges and performing arts venues across the country, including Duke, Brown and Smith.
As the narrator of the Listener’s Bible (available in KJV, NIV and ESV translations) McLean is committed to recapturing the early oral tradition of telling the Biblical story with clarity and power. He brings a unique blend of dramatic expression and theological understanding that make listening to the Bible a joyous, rewarding experience. His recordings of the Bible have been nominated for Best Inspirational Audio by the Audio Publisher's Association on two separate occasions.
McLean is co-author with Warren Bird of the book "Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture", published by Zondervan and “The Journey of Jesus” published by Thomas Nelson.
- "Nominees". Jeff Awards. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- Jones, Chris (May 4, 2009). "'Mark's Gospel' at the Mercury Theatre tells the whole story". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- Challies, Tim. (January 21, 2008) "An Interview with Max McLean"
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