Originally from Perth, Sally has been hailed as one of the brightest young actors currently on the Scottish theatre scene.
As a very young actor, she appeared in several productions at Glasgow’s Citizens’ Theatre, including the award-winning show Top Girls and impressed the artistic director as being someone with huge potential to become a major talent. It was while Sally was working at the Citz that she was nominated for an award. She was encouraged by Giles Havergal to use it to fund herself through an intensive acting course for young professional actors in Chicago.
Sally was accepted onto the course at the internationally-acclaimed ensemble company Steppenwolf Theatre. Famous alumni of the company include John Malkovich, Terry Johnson and Gary Sinise.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award funded Sally to study at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Since the Award
Sally writes: "The three months that I spent with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago proved to be even more rewarding than I had hoped for. I attended so many challenging classes with such a wide range of skilled practitioners that I really felt I was growing as an actor on a daily basis."
On her return to Glasgow, Sally was cast in the musical "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" which she found a daunting prospect. She says, "had I not been working with the Steppenwolf Company, I may have been quite intimidated by this experience, but I revelled in the chance to put some of my new skills into action."
Sally has since performed regularly in National Theatre of Scotland productions.