An award-winning actor, director and producer, 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.
Shakespeare Republic has won Sally several Best Director nods among the 30+ awards it has received to date, including being the winner of the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Digital Series in the USA in 2017, alongside fellow winners Mr Robot (Produced by Christian Slater, USA Network) and MARS (National Geographic), which saw Sally join the ranks of fellow CINE alumni such as Steven Spielberg (the then CINE President) Oprah Winfrey, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jim Henson, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Sydney Pollack, among others. She also adapted and directed 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.
A graduate of The Actors’ Institute, London (UK), Sally’s notable screen acting credits include the lead role of “Angie Powers” in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC mini series Bootleg, lead guest role of “Stacy” in the AACTA Award-winning ABC TV series Utopia and recurring guest roles of “Miss Giddens” in the ABC/CBBC TV series The Worst Year of My Life – Again! and “Barb” in the USA Sony/AMC TV series, Preacher. Other TV and film credits include Upper Middle Bogan, Party Tricks, Elephant Princess, The Flying Doctors, Bingles, The D-Generation, Totally Full Frontal,Comedy Inc. and Blue Heelers, as well as playing lead and supporting lead roles in over fifty theatre productions in both Australia and the UK.