Max Cullen

Saturday 26 July to Sunday 3 August 2014

Max Cullen is a leading Australian actor with a long career in the visual and performing arts. Max stayed in the ArtSit earlier this year, Monday 26 to Saturday 31 May, as part of a creative development of  Bartleby, an original play by Julian Hobba after Herman Melville’s story, at the Street Theatre. Max retured to Gorman in July to perform in Bartleby’s debut season at The Street Theatre from 26 July to 3 August.

Max Cullen

Starting as a painter and sculptor, Max studied acting under Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre which led to performances in over a dozen plays. Since then he has had a prolific acting career on stage, in film and on television including Love my Way, Australia and recently in Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby. During his stay at Gorman, Max will also take part in a special event to be held at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in mid-July. Check out for event details closer to the date.


“I think that maybe in every company today there is always at least one person who is going crazy slowly” – Joseph Heller

Julian Hobba’s adaptation of Melville’s story puts Bartleby in the contemporary Australian office, where the demands of technology and expectations of endless advancement have made the atmosphere permanently schizophrenic. Brilliantly capable, frustratingly unworkable, Bartleby forces the wise old lawyer who employs him to judge between the office – that effective system for managing human behaviour – against the weight of the human being.

To find out more about Apsen Island, the theatre company producing Bartleby, please visit

  • Photo of Max Cullen, courtesy of the artist.