When Ashley found herself sharing a dressing room table with Salty Theatre co-founder Sarahlouise in the spring of 2018, they got to talking. They both shared a love of musical theatre and a passion for the stage. But beyond that, they each had a deep desire to do…more. Invest more. Support more. Create more.
So they made a date and ate Thai on Lygon Street. Appetites were satiated, the relationship was built and the deal was sealed.
Their first production, the Australian Premiere of People Suck: A Musical Airing of Grievances, was produced at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne three months later to sold-out audiences. That same year, they remounted People Suck at Theatre Works and produced their sold-out, Australian Premiere of Top Gun! The Musical at Chapel Off Chapel. 2021 brought sold-out season Salty season, this time of fan-favourite Voldemort the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody at Theatre Works, followed by an electric season in Frankston in 2022.
In a few short years, Salty Theatre has quickly made a name for itself as a company that provides a culture of premiering lesser-known, sometimes quirky, intimate musicals to Australian audiences while nurturing and celebrating the next generation of musical theatre artists.
In August of 2022, Ashley stepped into ownership of Salty Theatre. With Ashley at the helm, Salty Theatre is excited to launch into an exciting new chapter and cannot wait to support and collaborate with both new and familiar creatives and introduce all that’s ahead to many, many audiences to come.