Welcome to Salty Theatre.

“Salty Theatre have once again proven why they are a force to be reckoned with.”

– Australian Arts Review

Salty Theatre

began like every

great idea begins.

Salty Theatre began like every great idea begins.

Over thai food.

Our Story

Founded in 2019, Salty Theatre has quickly made a name for itself as a company that provides a culture of premiering new, lesser-known and intimate musicals to Australian audiences while nurturing and celebrating the next generation of musical theatre artists. Built from a fierce passion and excitement for musical theatre, company director Ashley Taylor Tickell aims to build inclusive, thought-provoking and engaging creative experiences that encourage connection and for for audiences and artists alike.

Within 3 years, Salty Theatre produced sold out seasons of their first three productions, all Australian Premieres, People Suck: A Musical Airing of Grievances, Top Gun! The Musical at Chapel Off Chapel and Voldemort the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody. In 2024, Ashley took the company into its first producing partnership, alongside Vass Productions, to premiere the acclaimed West End musical, The Grinning Man. This partnership has also seen the launch of the Australian Musical Theatre Artists Collective as well as development sessions with such industry legends as Stephen Flaherty, to help support and nurture the creation of new Australian musicals and the artists who help bring them to life.

One year after launching, Salty Theatre introduced The Hatch Lab – a new Australian Musical Theatre development program that offers Australian writers and composers the opportunity to develop and workshop their works while learning from globally renowned mentors and industry professionals to gain invaluable insight and the tools needed to explore, experiment and develop new musicals in an empowered, supportive and transformative environment.

Our mission
Meet the team

“Salty Theatre has landed in Melbourne with their feet running”

4 Stars – People Suck, Artshub




Our Mission

At Salty Theatre, we help foster the creative abilities of performers and artists in all stages of their careers and encourage a tenacious growth mindset in our creatives and collaborators through curiosity, discovery and a fearless desire to ignite the imagination.

As a female-led boutique theatre company, we encourage diverse representation of all bodies and cultures on and off the stage to support greater representation in creative leadership and performance.

Dedicated to upholding our grassroots ethos and vision to build a lasting bridge that supports global collaboration, we continue to connect with and debut the works of both local and international writers and composers.

Salty Theatre has become a hub for performers and creatives…

Both up-and-coming and seasoned, to feel nurtured, challenged and emboldened. A place where artists have the opportunity to create and develop new work, hone their craft and engage with new audiences. A space to create fearless, raw, at times ridiculous , and always captivating theatre. A home that welcomes curiosity and like-minded creatives to a community where they can safely take risks, feel challenged and build a future in theatre.

Meet the Team


Ashley Taylor Tickell

Owner & Co-Founder

Ashley is the Director and Co-Founder of Melbourne based theatre company Salty Theatre and is an Associate Producer with Vass Productions. She has 30 years of experience across the theatre, television and film sectors, both on stage and screen and off. Her work has been seen and heard in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia, first as a performer before transitioning into the roles of producer and director.

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Our advisory board

If it weren’t for this kind-hearted, business-minded, arts-loving pair, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Shane McKenna CA

Managing Director, Aintree Group

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Andrea McKenna

Principal, Aintree Group

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Julie Pidgeon

Owner, EASE

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Sarahlouise Younger

Co-Founder Emeritus

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Stay in the loop

Learn, shout and share the hype about Salty’s latest news, productions, workshops, courses and projects in development, as well as how you can work with us or donate.

Welcome to the Salty family!

Stay in the loop

Learn, shout and share the hype about the latest news about Salty’s latest productions, workshops, courses and projects in development, as well as how you can work with us or donate. Welcome to the Salty Family!