ABOUT OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR/DESIGNER, SALLY McLEAN
Sally McLean is a graduate of The Actors’ Institute, London (UK), and now wears several hats, which include the titles of actor, director, producer and writer.
Her acting credits include various lead and supporting roles in British and Australian television, as well as numerous short films and over fifty theatre productions in both Australia and the UK.
Theatre highlights include “Dowsabel” in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy of Errors, “King Duncan/Seyton” in Macbeth, “Queen Gertrude” in Hamlet, “Marlene” in Top Girls, and the lead roles of “Jill” in the World Premier of Annabel’s Requiem on London’s West End and “Woman One” in the Australian premier of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
While already being an internationally published poet and short fiction writer, her foray into writing for performance began when she created her own feature film production outfit, under the patronage of respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne in the late 1990’s. Under this umbrella, she co-produced and co-wrote the UK feature film A Little Rain Must Fall (invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival), as well as writing, producing and directing the short films fixNATION (2004) and Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale) (2005). Sally then branched out into the area of writing, directing and producing for the theatre with her first play Chasing Pegasus – A Play In Ten Chords. She followed this with PS I Love You, exploring women’s roles on the home front in Melbourne during WWII, which made it’s first workshop appearance on the stage in July/August 2004.
Sally has also worked in production with the BBC in both their Music & Arts and Commercial Channels Depts., on program strands such as Bookmark, Bard On The Box and Poetry Nation, during which time she Chaired the BBC Alternative Program Development Unit, submitting several successful television program proposals to the Controllers of BBC1 & 2.
Sally is additionally an Honorary World Smile Ambassador for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation (USA), as well as supporting charities such as World Vision.
Sally began designing websites, before moving into graphic design in the late 1990’s. She ran a successful web design business for 17 years before moving her focus fully to graphic design for t-shirts and gifts, focusing on her two loves – the entertainment business and Shakespeare. She has run a successful print on demand design business for just over a decade, with clients using or reselling her products under license all across the world, including the Shakespeare Folger Library, as well as numerous theatre companies in the USA, UK and Canada.
For more information, visit Sally online at http://www.sallymclean.com/