Salt House Theatre Company Board of Directors


Daniel Widdowson ~ Artistic Director

Daniel is an Australian of the Year finalist for contributions to the arts, finalist in the Young Australian Playwright’s awards, and recipient of the Collins Bookseller’s Arts award. He hosted and wrote for popular children’s show Saturday Disney in 2000, a gig that lasted seven years. In that time he also played the handyman sidekick on Ground Force and wrote scripts for Home & Away. He’s recently appeared in Reef Break, Harrow, and Deadly Women.

Moving into radio in 2007, he formed half the team of Hope Breakfast on Hope 103.2. Having penned several documentaries, children’s dramas, radio dramas, and stage plays, Daniel became a member of the Australian Writer’s Guild, where he now serves on their judging panel. In 2016 he was invited to become an ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

Daniel cut his teeth on NIDA short courses as a teenager,  and studied at the Actors Centre whilst working at Channel Seven. He holds a Master of Theology majoring in Hermeneutics, Bachelor of Theology majoring in Biblical Studies, and is currently undertaking Doctoral studies in Theology and the Arts.


Leia Widdowson ~ Business Manager

Leia has been core to Salt House’s business and strategic management since its inception in February 2016. She became a board member when Salt House gained its not for profit status in November 2016. Leia has been a consultant with Resolve since early 2014 contributing a broad range of accounting experience, spanning over a decade.

Her career highlight has been project accounting for film Director, Baz Luhrmann. She worked on the Academy Award winning film Moulin Rouge, the Broadway premiere of La Boheme, as well as pre-production projects such as the Channel Campaign.

Previously Leia has also provided Bookkeeping services to an array of clients and was employed as the Assistant Accountant to Gibbens Industries, a local manufacturer and exporter. Leia has also served as Treasurer to a community pre-school on Norfolk Island and was appointed to the Board of Directors to the Coast Christian school in 2016. In addition, Leia has served as a youth leader in ministry both on the mainland and Norfolk Island for a number of years.

She holds a Bachelor of Business in Financial Planning obtained through RMIT, and has completed post graduate studies in Leadership & Education.



Diane Ormsby ~ Board Member

Diane Ormsby received her Bachelor of Arts, with Drama and Japanese as her majors, in 1995. In 1996, she completed a Diploma of Education. She taught in public schools from 1997-2000, and in Christian schools since then. While at university, she was involved in several productions. Following that, she joined St Luke’s Players, Mosman, and was involved in several dramatic productions which included touring to Stroud. From 2001-2014, she was one of the performers in The B-Bops, a children’s entertainment group that performed between 60 – 100 shows a year. Aside from local and Sydney shows, the group toured regional NSW and VIC.

She joined Salt House in 2016 as Mrs Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and was in Three Amigos as well. In 2017, she directed Worm Farming, another Salt House production, written by Salt House’s own Daniel Widdowson.


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James McGilchrist ~ Board Member

James is a father to one of the Salthouse performers since its inception in 2016. James currently works at Green Point Christian College (10 years) and has worked his way up to management level supervising the Cleaning Staff. James has worked in many areas of business and service including 17 Years as a Volunteer Fireman reaching Snr Deputy Capt.

James enjoys serving at his local church at Bensville, including 6 Yrs as prayer conveynor at The Coast Christian School, 6 Yrs teaching Scripture at Kincumber High School, and running a night time Childrens Ministry.

James enjoys hobbies such as Lawn Bowls , Tennis , Drama and Performing Arts. James can also read Braille. He enjoys working behind the scenes and backstage at performances put together by Salthouse Theatre Company.