Shakespeare Republic Producers Billy Smedley & Sally McLean at the MWF 2017 Launch.
We welcome actor, director and producer, Sally McLean to the Melbourne WebFest board as our new General Manager.
A graduate of The Actors’ Institute, London (UK), Sally’s screen credits as an actor include roles in various Australian and British television series, short and feature films, including Utopia, Upper Middle Bogan, Jack Irish, Blue Heelers, Elephant Princess, Totally Full Frontal and the BAFTA award-winning Bootleg, among others. She has also played lead roles in over thirty Australian and UK theatre productions, including three seasons with the Australian Shakespeare Company, as well as lead roles in the professional Australian premiere of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre and the world premiere of Annabel’s Requiem on the West End.
She created her own film and theatre production outfit, Incognita Enterprises in 1997, under the honorary patronage of Oscar® nominee and multiple BAFTA Award winning British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne – an association he continued until his passing in 2001.
Under the umbrella of Incognita, Sally has produced, written and/or directed several short films, web series and theatre productions, most recently the multi award-winning web series Shakespeare Republic (as Creator/Director), now in its second season and the commissioned short film Speaking Daggers, which begins its festival run as a finalist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival.
Sally has also worked in production with the BBC in London, on program strands such as Bard On The Box, Poetry Nation, One Foot In The Past and the BAFTA award-winning documentary series, Bookmark. During this time, she was invited to Chair the BBC Alternative Program Development Unit, managing and coordinating several 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.
Additional production positions include Production Coordinator (Melbourne Live Nights) and Assistant Script Coordinator for the GTV9 sketch comedy program, Comedy Inc. and production roles for a number of reality and non-fiction series for various Australian commercial networks.
Sally continues to work as an actor, writer and director, with several long-form TV series currently under development and a couple of feature films for good measure. She is also a professional member of AACTA/AFI (Actor Chapter), Associate Member of the Australian Directors Guild and full Equity member. In her spare time, she likes to listen to a mixtape of 80’s music to Georgian chants, loves being by the sea and continues to indulge her obsession with Shakespeare, the Elizabethan dramatists and history in general.
Welcome aboard Sally!