Linda McLean grew up in Glasgow. After graduating as a teacher, she travelled widely throughout Europe, Africa and America and has worked with writers all over the world. Linda has written extensively for both stage and radio. Her work includes EVERY FIVE MINUTES (Magic Theatre, San Francisco, 2014, Winner of Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Play 2014/15); SEX AND GOD (Magnetic North, Scottish tour, 2012); WHAT LOVE IS (Oran Mor, Dundee Rep Theatre, 2011); THIS IS WATER (Traverse Theatre, 2010); THE UNCERTAINTY FILES (Paines Plough, 2010) ANY GIVEN DAY (Traverse Theatre, 2010, Winner of the Lella Rossy Playwriting Award (USA) 2012); REMINDED OF BEAUTY (Playwrights Studio/ Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 2009); STRANGERS, BABIES (Traverse Theatre, 2007, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist) SHIMMER (Traverse Theatre, 2004) WORD FOR WORD (Magnetic North Theatre Co. Tramway theatre, Glasgow and Scotland Tour, 2003); THE LONGER NOW (Arts Ed, 2001); RIDDANCE (Paines Plough, 1999/ Shee Theatre Co. San Francisco, 2004 Winner of Herald Angel and Fringe First Award); CORRIDORS (Benchtours Theatre Company, 1998) THE PRICE OF A GOOD DINNER (Derby Playhouse Studio, 1998); ONE GOOD BEATING (Traverse Theatre 1997 and 1999 Winner of the Dallas New Play Festival, 2001) and CLIMBING THE WALLS (Ramshorn Glasgow, 1994).
Adaptations include THE PROBLEM (adapt of a play by Francois Begaudeau, Traverse Theatre, 2009) LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (Theatre Sans Frontieres, 2006); HAPPY YET? (adapt. of our plays be Georges Feydeau, Gate Theatre, 2004) THE LAST MISSION (adapt. of Hamlet, Edinburgh International Festival, 2003) and OLGA (adapt of Finnish play by Laura Rouhonen, Traverse Theatre, 2001/ Rough Magic, Dublin 2003).
Linda is the chairwoman of national writers' organisation, The Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and is on the Artistic Board of Magic Theatre Company in San Francisco. In 2010-11 she held the Creative Fellow post at Edinburgh University's Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, where her conversation with Professor Susan Manning, GATHERING UNCERTAINTIES, was published. In 2009 she gave the keynote speech to the Playwrights' Guild of Canada. Linda works regularly in the USA and France and has worked with emerging theatre makers in Istanbul, Mexico City, Teluca and Bogota.