A graduate of The Actors’ Institute, London (UK), Sally McLean created her own film and theatre production outfit, Incognita Enterprises in 1997, under the honorary patronage of Academy Award nominee and multiple BAFTA Award winning British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne – an association he continued until his passing in 2001.
Her most recent projects as writer, director and producer are the multi award-winning and critically acclaimed web series Shakespeare Republic, starring Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Nadine Garner, Dean Haglund and Christopher Kirby – winner of the 2017 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Digital Series, alongside fellow winners Mr Robot (Produced by Christian Slater, USA Network) and MARS (National Geographic) and the award-winning commissioned short film Speaking Daggers, awarded Highly Commended Finalist by Jury President, Sir Kenneth Branagh at the 2017 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Film Festival, starring Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Scott Major, Christopher Kirby, Billy Smedley, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli, with Sally in the role of “Beatrice”.
Sally is currently on the Advisory Board of Melbourne WebFest (the fourth festival of it’s kind in the world and one of the Top 10 webfests internationally). She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia. She has additionally worked in production with the BBC in the Music & Arts Dept., on program strands such as Bard On The Box, Poetry Nation, and the BAFTA award-winning documentary series, Bookmark, before moving across to the BBC Commercial Channels (now UKTV) to work for the Head of Programing. During this time, she was invited to Chair the BBC Alternative Program Development Unit, managing and coordinating three committees of researchers, production assistants and assistant producers, tasked with creating and pitching new documentary and reality ideas for the BBC in-house, which resulted in several new program commissions for both BBC1 & 2.
Sally’s professional memberships include the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), in both the Equity and STAA divisions, Associate Member of the Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG), as well as being a Professional Member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), serving as a Juror for several years for the AFI Awards and AACTA Awards (the AFI Awards’ successor). Sally has additionally served as a Judge for several years for the ATOM Awards for various “Best Documentary” and “Best Web Series” award categories. She is also a previous member of British Equity.
Additional production positions include Production Coordinator (Melbourne Live Nights) and Assistant Script Coordinator for the highly successful GTV9 sketch comedy program, Comedy Inc. and Production Assistant roles for Big Brother: Hunt for a Housemate(2004-2007), the Australian Idol auditions (Melbourne, 2005) and Series One of 1 vs 100 for Endemol Southern Star.
Sally began her apprenticeship in directing for theatre under the guidance of New York theatre director, Andy Gale, working as his assistant director during the professional Australian Premier of the off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne in 2001, of which she was also a member of the cast.
Sally is currently working on three feature film screenplays in various stages of development, as well as the TV series ‘Till The Boys Come Home starring Nadine Garner, Dean Haglund, Michala Banas and Christopher Kirby, Faerie (working title) and Dalny (co-written with Christopher Kirby, adapted from Sally’s original feature film script of the same name), as well as Season Three of Shakespeare Republic.
Her television credits as an actor include an appearance on The Bookworm with host Griff Reece-Jones and the lead role of “Angie Powers” in the mini-series Bootleg for BBC Television, guest and support roles in Utopia, Jack Irish, Upper Middle Bogan, The Bazura Project, Killing Time, Lowdown, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Comedy Inc., The Late Show, Bingles and Totally Full Frontal for Australian TV, as well as lead and supporting lead roles in over fifty theatre productions in both Australia and the UK.