Born to a loving and supportive family in Durham, North Carolina, Maxwell relished the role of 'class clown' early on. Greatly influenced and likened to the comedic styles of Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, and his late grandfather (a writer and editor for Mad Magazine), his impressions and wisecracks became commonplace around the dinner table. As a teenager, Maxwell channeled his energies into show choir, drama, and sports. He applied 'early decision' to Elon University's Musical Theatre program, where he was one of 16 students accepted, and he graduated with his B.F.A.
With his teeth cut from summer stocks, Maxwell became a creative nomad, performing in regional theaters, cruise ships, and other live events across the country. After getting discovered by a casting director, he booked a small speaking role in the movie 42 (starring Chadwick Boseman), which turned his attention towards film. He went on to book several more independent films before eventually moving to New York City.
Oozing with empathy, humor, and a charm unique to him, Maxwell fits comfortably in comedic and dark worlds alike. He's passionate about storytelling, and bringing to life complex characters of depth, subtlety, and humanity.
In his free time, Maxwell is a Voiceover artist, Foodie, avid movie-goer, and a lover of all things magical.
Awards and Reviews
WINNER 'Best Newcomer' Wilmington Theater Awards
WINNER 'Outstanding Lead Actor' Thalian Association Theater Awards
NOMINATION 'Best Actor in a Musical' Wilmington Theater Awards
Encore Review; Next to Normal
"...Maxwell Korn is a dream, quite literally, in this role. Coming out of a powerful performance last month in City Stage's Spring Awakening, he has proven masterful in owning tumultuous material."
Star News Review; Spring Awakening
"...Maxwell Korn, who carries his character's excellence with the grace befitting a higher being..."
Encore Review; Spring Awakening
"The philosophical renderings of Melchior, played by a handsomely captivating Maxwell Korn, can make anyone fall hard and long for his mystery and intellectualism."
"Korn's Melchy is calculated and at ease in his demeanor; it's tough for anyone not to fall hard for his dreaminess."
Encore Review; Xanadu
"Fans of Korn will not be disappointed; he is a delight in this role. From Spamalot to Spring Awakening to Next to Normal to The Most Happy Fella, he clearly maintains range. But the comedy in this show is hard to play well, something that requires a total straight-faced naivete to nail it; Korn does."
Encore Review; Legally Blonde
"...a handsome, at-ease Maxwell Korn... ...continues impressing Wilmington's theatre scene."
Star News Review; Legally Blonde
"..Maxwell Korn, blessed with movie star good looks and a strong singing voice..."
Star News Review; The Most Happy Fella
"Korn sings the ode to wanderlust, 'Joey, Joey, Joey,' with a dreaminess that matches his good looks."
Encore Review; The Most Happy Fella
"Maxwell Korn as Joe remains dreamy as ever and so easily believable as a ranch hand, it's uncanny."