|Alma mater||University of Texas|
|Occupation||Stage actor, writer, and producer|
Max McLean (born April 14, 1953) is a Panamanian-born American stage actor, writer, and producer. He is the founder and artistic director of the Fellowship for Performing Arts, a New York City-based company that produces live theater and film from a Christian worldview.
McLean is known for his stage adaptations of books by author and theologian C. S. Lewis. Some of McLean's adaptations include The Screwtape Letters (written with Jeffrey Fiske), The Great Divorce (written with Brian Watkins), and C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert (based on Surprised by Joy). C.S. Lewis Onstage was adapted into a film, The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which starred McLean as an older Lewis, was released in 2021.
Outside of his work regarding Lewis, McLean wrote the play Martin Luther on Trial with Chris Cragin-Day, and narrated KJV, NIV, and ESV versions of "The Listener's Bible", an audio Bible.
Early life and education
In 1992, McLean founded the non-profit theatre company, the Fellowship for Performing Arts (abbreviated as FPA).
Early on, McLean and the FPA toured and performed at colleges and universities. These included one-man shows with dramatic presentations of books of the Bible. He has adapted Genesis, the Acts and the Gospel of Mark (called Mark's Gospel).
C. S. Lewis stage adaptations
After seeing McLean perform Genesis, playwright Jeff Fiske emailed McLean, telling him that he would portray Screwtape well. With Fiske, McLean adapted the 1942 novel The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis as a stageplay, which stars McLean as Screwtape. and it has been performed since 2006, and has received postive responses from critics.
McLean and co-writer Brian Watkins developed a stageplay for the 1945 Lewis novel, The Great Divorce, and in September of 2013, McLean brought it to the Cape Playhouse in New York City for the development production. On December 13, 2013, it premiered at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and toured nationally in 2014. In December 2019, a revised revival of The Great Divorce opened at Theatre Three on Theatre Row in New York City. After this, it begun a national tour.
McLean adapted the 1955 Lewis book Surprised by Joy  into the one-man play, C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert. McLean also stars as Lewis. The play was adapted into the film, The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which McLean reprises his role in as an older Lewis. It was released in 2021.
McLean's narrations for The Listener's Bible have received several Audie Award nominations in total. One in 1999 for the "Inspirational" category, one in 2000 for "Package Design",, and one in 2002 for "Inspirational/Spiritual".
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- Horwitz, Jane (December 23, 2012). "Style: A riveting, charming adaptation of 'The Screwtape Letters'". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Dominick, Nora (November 25, 2015). "BWW Interview: Max McLean Chats About THE GREAT DIVORCE and The Fellowship for Performing Arts Inaugural Season". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
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- Klett, Leah MarieAnn (November 8, 2021). "Hit CS Lewis biopic 'The Most Reluctant Convert' highlights author's dramatic conversion". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
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- Shaw, Helen (December 21, 2016). "'Martin Luther on Trial' Goes Too Easy On Its Subject". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
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- Loki, Reynard (August 3, 2009). "National Tour Dates Announced For THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Hampton, Wilborn (June 12, 2010). "Lewis's Tempters, Meticulously Paving the Road to Hell". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Palm, Matthew J. (December 30, 2011). "Entertainment: Theater review: 'The Screwtape Letters'". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Askar, Jamshid Ghazi (March 28, 2013). "Theater review: C.S. Lewis' 'Screwtape Letters' is devilish fun". Deseret News. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- BWW News Desk (August 15, 2014). "National Tour of C.S. Lewis' THE GREAT DIVORCE Comes to Cullen Theater This Weekend". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Rabinowitz, Chloe (November 12, 2019). "Casting has Been Announced for C.S. Lewis' THE GREAT DIVORCE at Theatre Three at Theatre Row". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- Wren, Celia (April 29, 2016). "The tangled questions on C.S. Lewis's journey to becoming a Christian". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- "Past winner archives". Jeff Awards. Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- "1999 Audie Awards®: Inspirational". Audie Awards. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- "2000 Audie Awards®: Package Design". Audie Awards. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
- "2002 Audie Awards®: Inspirational/Spiritual". Audie Awards. Retrieved May 28, 2022.