Salt House Creative Team

Dr. Daniel Widdowson ~ Artistic Director

Daniel is an Australian of the Year finalist, Australian Playwright finalist, recipient of Best Director at the Florence Film Awards, and Best Screenplay at the New York Film Awards. He serves as an Ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, received the Collins Booksellers Arts Award, and is the Artistic Director of Salt House Creative.

He hosted and segment produced popular children’s television program Saturday Disney from 2000-2007. This afforded him the opportunity to report on the opening of Disney’s California Adventure, the launch of 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age 2 in London, represent Australia at the Millennium Dreamer’s Global Summit, and report on the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland 2005. Whilst at Network Seven, Daniel also joined the writing team for Home & Away, presented backyard renovation show Ground Force, and performed at both the Melbourne and Perth annual Telethons.

His controversial black comedy about the global refugee crisis, Worm Farming, premiered at the National Museum of Australia in 2017 and has recently been published by Australian Plays. The play was endorsed by human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC. The plays’ success prompted Daniel to join the Australian Writer’s Guild where he now serves as a judging panel member.

Recent acting credits include villainous Mr. Whitney in ABC Studios summer crime drama Reef Break, Terry in Network Seven’s Royal Flying Doctor Service, Xavier Johnson in feature film Xavier’s Harvest, King Henry in Henry V, Mr. Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, as well as roles in Harrow, The Invisibles, Equivocal Redemption, Deadly Women, and Pictures at an Exhibition.

Daniel holds a Doctorate in Performative Understanding, focussing on Shakespearean literature and theology, a Masters in Hermeneutics, and a 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.


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.