Salt House Creative Team


Dr. 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. He currently serves as a company member of the Australian Shakespeare Company. Daniel holds a performance-based Doctorate, Master of Hermeneutics, and Bachelor of Theology.


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.


Sophia Stratton ~ Screen Acting

Sophia Stratton is known for her work on Equivocal Redemption (2019), Kick Ons (2018) and Cops LAC (2010). Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) Degree QUT with Distinction. Dean’s List of Excellence. Golden Key Honour Society. Youth in Performing Arts scholarship winner. Active member of WWLT Co. Feature Film Credits include 2019-Equivocal Redemption & 2018-Kick On’s. Television: 2010–Cops L.A.C.
Commercial: 2018- SHOP BACK, 2015-Women’s Health, 2017–Thin Lizzy Make Up and more. Sophia has a long list of theatrical credits which include musical theatre and touring shows.

Ethan Dale ~ Improvisation

Ethan is an actor/writer/director. He completed his training at the Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA) in 2017. His notable theatre credits include Simple Simon the Narrator in Salt House Theatre’s The High Adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk (2018), Lucky Day in Salt House Theatre’s The Three Amigos (2017). His RIPA credits include: RIPA’s Australian Premier of Alice in Slasher land (2017), Trevor (2017), A Clockwork Orange (2016) and 1984 (2016). His directorial efforts include Waiting by Ethan Coen and Lobby and Snow both written by himself. He is an award-winning actor and writer, having won an award for best actor in a short film as well as Flash Festival’s Best Unpublished Script 2018 for his play The Final Interview. His short plays Lobby and Snow have been produced for several short play festivals. He can also juggle.