Ashleigh Denning


Ashleigh Denning

Ashleigh Denning is a dynamic and captivating performer, boasting more than 20 years experience in live performance.

She graduated as a recipient of the Award for Excellence for her Bachelor of Musical Theatre (2016) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University; where she continued on to complete a Master of Music Studies: Vocal Pedagogy (2021). Her involvement in the Brisbane Musical Theatre scene has afforded her the opportunity to create new and exciting Australian works; including A Very Theatre Company’s Genesis (Metro Arts, 2019) and the sell-out premier of Don’t Call Me Ishmael: The Musical (2018). In the same year, Ashleigh’s engagement with the Queensland Symphony orchestra began as “Flugelflusted Flingleflanglebert 2” in their 2018 production of The Magic Watering Can. Since then, she has returned annually as the effervescent “Izzy the Elf” in Symphonic Santa performances (2019, 2021, 2022) and (with only slightly less ‘Izzy’ energy) brought to life the vocal arrangements of Paul Rissman’s orchestral adaptation of Leon and the Space Between — a role she is excited to reprise in 2024. Ashleigh’s most recent performance in the QSO’s Musical Theatre Gala (2023) was a career highlight for the Brisbane-based artist.  

She has entertained crowds at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols (2019, 2020), Bleach Festival (2020), Opera in the Gardens (2019, 2020) and Outback Queensland Masters (2019, 2020), alongside the fabulous ladies of the 7 Sopranos. She is sought after event singer for weddings, private functions and gala events in Queensland and interstate — recent credits including The IndOz Festival, The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards & Business Awards, Royal Queensland Arts Society Biennial Gala, QCWA Centenary Launch, and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, to name a few. Ashleigh is a regular guest entertainer on P&O Cruises with her band, CopperTop, and resident soprano for the Underground Opera Company’s West End To Broadway seasons.

As a teacher, Ashleigh utilises her extensive training in voice to help others find theirs. She has travelled across Australia with Theatre in Education companies such as Gibber Australia and Perform! Education; spent countless hours with finger puppets as an early childcare music teacher; and continues to work alongside budding performers as a vocal teacher in schools and privately.


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