Last updatedMarch 23, 2022
Max graduated from St. Olaf College in 2006 with a degree in theater and media studies, and has worked with several theaters throughout the Twin Cities and around Minnesota, including the Children's Theatre Company, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, Skylark Opera, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Frank Theatre, Theater Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, History Theatre, Old Log Theatre, the Ordway Center, and the Jungle Theater.
Max created and produced four musicals for the Minnesota Fringe, including Fruit Fly, which was further developed as a part of the Illusion Theater's Fresh Ink series, and received its full-length premiere there in the spring of 2015, and Ball: A Musical Tribute To My Lost Testicle, the second-best selling show of 168 in the 2016 Festival, which has toured throughout the Midwest and traveled to New York for the 2018 United Solo Theatre Festival, the world's largest solo theatre festival. He is also the lyricist and librettist of Delgadina, a musical for young people inspired by a Chilean folktale, which was awarded an Artist Initiative grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board for its world premiere reading in early 2018, and Pansy, inspired by the gay underground cabaret movement of the 1930s, which had its first workshop in the NEXT Festival at Theatre Latte Da in 2018.
Max works as a soloist and section leader at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley, as well as a freelance commercial actor, voice-over artist, playwright, and lyricist. He has also taught with St. Olaf College, Yellow Tree Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, St. Cloud Civic Theater, Plymouth Playshop, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Maple Grove High School, Lakeville North High School, and Spotlight Education, which hosts his mini-webseries Musical Theatre In A Minute. In November 2012, Max and Sheena Janson Kelley began curating Musical Mondays, a monthly cabaret showcase that features the best of the Twin Cities musical theatre community and offers a casual and fun networking opportunity for area theatre professionals. In 2019, Max launched Pin Spot, a hybrid musical theatre lecture-cabaret series sponsored by Theater Latté Da and funded in part by an Innovation & Exploration Fund grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. He was also a Cabaret Fellow at the 2020 O'Neill Center Cabaret and Performance Conference.
Max is currently represented by Moore Creative.