About Fellowship for Performing Arts
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 thought-provoking, conversation-starting theatre staged in major performing arts venues across the country. The Great Divorce is now touring nationally, and FPA’s smash hit The Screwtape Letters has been seen by over 400,000 people nationwide.
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Max McLean, President & Artistic Director
Fellowship for Performing Arts
1674 Broadway, Suite 404
New York, New York 10019
212-582-2920 T 212-293-7071 F
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FPA is a non profit, tax exempt arts organization under IRS code 501(c) 3. It is a member of ECFA since 1996. Gifts to FPA are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To make a donation in support of our work click here .
FPA is also the publisher of The Listener's Bible narrated by Max McLean. Visit www.listenersbible.com for downloads, CDs and MP3s of audio Bibles, daily devotionals, classic Christian literature and free resources.
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.”
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)
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.
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 literature from the Bible and the treasury of Christian history that helps us see our predicament; and moves us toward a more humble understanding of ourselves and a closer relationship with God. For the theatre our vision is to select stories that explore how and why consequential choices are made and to produce those stories in a manner that engages diverse audiences.”
Max is married to Sharon, and they have two married daughters, Rachel and Julia, and three grandchildren. Max and Sharon are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.