Maclean was born in 1992 in Richmond, Virginia. He started dancing when he was 9 years old, and went onto train at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and San Francisco Ballet School, with summers spent at The Washington Ballet and Boston Ballet.
Career highlights while at UNCSA include dancing Act 2 of Swan Lake and Little Improvisations with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company member Sara Havener, who also studied at the University .
His favourite ballets are Romeo and Juliet,and Giselle, and he loves the work of David Dawson and as William Forsythe. In his spare time he likes to cook and surf.
Mac joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet for The TelstraClear Season of Giselle in 2012.