M. Scott McLean
M. Scott McLean, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an actor, singer, songwriter, playwright, and published children’s author. He co-authored Fairy Tale Christmas with his father, American composer, Michael McLean, which was published 1 October 2014 by Shadow Mountain Publishing, with illustrations by Jason Quinn. Together, father and son have developed an accompanying live theatre adaptation, complete with a 15-song original score. The book is recommended for readers age 7-14 and is available through the Tattered Cover website and also on Amazon.com.
Children from around the world have read, enjoyed, and have sent messages to Scott thanking him for the book. A 10-year-old boy named Raymond wrote, "I had so much fun reading this book. I laughed so hard one time, I think they heard me from China. It was such a happy story. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel good inside." Scott said, "That made me cry. It is fun to be a part of something that is that uplifting." He believes the is resonating with readers because it offers a simple and reparative message for children at an evidently troubled time in our world.
In 2006, Scott moved to Denver as a member of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ (DCPA) National Theatre Conservatory master’s program. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, New York (1998), and the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado (2010). He has performed in 12 main stage productions for the Theatre Company, including Death of a Salesman, Animal Crackers, and five different annual dramatizations of A Christmas Carol.
Michael McLean, Scott’s father, is a songwriter and storyteller by trade. He has released more than two dozen albums and produced several award-winning films. His annual Christmas production, adapted from his timeless book, The Forgotten Carols, has been performed throughout the United States since 1991. Scott said, "He’s a very encouraging and supportive dad who has been a sounding board in my own writing throughout my life. I consider him a mentor and a really good friend."
Scott pursues his acting career in New York, however, he is forever grateful that the DCPA has given him an artistic home for the past decade. He commented, “We all accept that Broadway is the greatest stage of American theatre, but outside of New York, I think this is the greatest theatre to work at in the country, without a doubt, in terms of the quality of the work and the quality of the people who work here. . .. I’m happy when I get a job here, and I’m sad when I have to leave.” Scott is also the producer of two jazz-folk albums, Four Letter Words and Stardust.
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