A graduate of The Actors Institute, London (UK), actor and writer SALLY McLEAN has been a poet for most of her adult life, penning her first poem – “Lights, Camera, Action” at the age of fifteen, which won her first place in a local newspaper literary competition.
Since then, she has been regularly published in various poetry and short fiction anthologies and magazines in Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK, including the anthologies In-Between Days (USA), A Lasting Calm (UK), Tide of Hours (USA) and Millennium Moments (USA/UK) and the literary periodicals Images Inscript (USA), Waxing & Waning (Canada), Celtic Fiction (USA) and Poetry DownUnder (Australia). She was one of ten featured poets, and allegedly the only Australian, selected for The Sounds of Poetry an audio presentation of poets selected from across the world and was named in the international Who’s Who of Poetry for 2004.
As an actor, Sally has appeared on the London stage in various productions including Macbeth, Hamlet, The Voice Circus, Uncle Vanya and the World Premier of Annabel’s Requiem. She has also appeared on UK television, most notably as “Angie Powers” in the BAFTA & AFI award-winning BBC mini-series Bootleg.
On the Australian stage, her credits include roles in the professional productions of The Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet for the Australian Shakespeare Company, as well as The Clairvoyant, The Auxiliary, Lovepuke and the Australian Premier of the off-Broadway hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne amongst others. Australian television credits include Lowdown, Flying Doctors, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Tonight Live, Elephant Princess, Comedy Inc, Worst Year of My Life, Again!, The Bazura Project and Party Tricks. Film credits include Raymond Taylor’s Earnest Adventure In Love, Evie Wants A Baby and the UK feature A Little Rain Must Fall.
As a screenwriter, director and producer Sally began her career in production at the BBC and has since written, directed and/or produced a number of successful films and plays under the banner of her production outfit, Incognita Enterprises, established in 1997 under the honorary patronage of Oscar® nominated British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne.
Sally is currently the creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed web series, Shakespeare Republic, going into it’s third season. Produced plays as playwright include Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords)(2006) and P.S. I Love You (2004) (set on the Melbourne Home Front during WWII). Completed films as screenwriter include the feature film A Little Rain Must Fall (1997) and short films fixNATION (2004), Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale) (2005) and Why Must The Show Go On? (2010).
To find out more about Sally, visit www.sallymclean.com