Learning & Access Officer

About imitating the dog

imitating the dog make ground-breaking, world class work in theatre spaces and site-specific locations fusing live performance and digital technologies.

The company has developed a popular and critical following and achieved a national and international reputation for innovation and excellence. imitating the dog is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

Learning & Access Officer is a new role within ITD. ITD is committed to audience development, widening access to its performances and providing outstanding learning opportunities. The creation of this role reflects this commitment and aims to grow the organisation’s delivery in these areas.

The Learning & Access Officer is required to have experience in either widening audience access or creative learning in an arts organisation, or both. The Learning & Access Officer will be an excellent communicator, a positive and enthusiastic team member and an independent and organised worker.

The focus of the role will be to develop ITD’s Creative Learning offer, including skills development, and effect a step-change in the company’s access provision, alongside productions.

This is a fixed term contract for 5 months (subject to extension, dependant on funding)

The role is part time and flexible (0.5 FTE)

Salary £28,800 pro rata

ITD is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with a disability and/or who identify as BAME, as these people are currently under-represented within the company.

More Info

Closing date for applications: 10am on 17th October 2019

Interviews will be held on 24th October 2019 in Lancaster



Casting: imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse: Night of the Living Dead – Remix

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and inventive theatre companies, is joining forces with leading theatre producer Leeds Playhouse to recreate a unique shot-for-shot stage recreation of George A. Romero’s classic 1968 zombie movie – Night of The Living Dead™.

Night of The Living Dead ™ – Remix will open at Leeds Playhouse from 24th January until 15th February 2020 and then tour across the UK to conclude at the end of March 2020

In 1968 Night of the Living Dead started out as a low-budget independent horror movie telling the story of seven strangers taking refuge from flesh eating ‘ghouls’ in an isolated farmhouse. This adaptation sees the performers recreate the ground-breaking film, shot-for-shot before the audience, using a limited array of props and costumes. The film has 1,076 edits and lasts 95 minutes and part of the show’s live structure is built around the success and failure to keep in time with the original movie.  In terms of the stage set up two screens are suspended on the stage – one shows Romero’s original film, the other the on-stage created version which runs alongside.

Romero’s original was an apocalyptic vision of paranoia, the breakdown of community and the end of the American dream. In this new stage production imitating the dog are creating a love-song to the original 1960s film, a remaking and remixing that attempts to get at what might lie at the heart of Romero’s vision: an exploration of the tensions that exist in contemporary culture around race, around consumerism, the failure of community and the possibility of ecological breakdown.  This said, our intention is to make a work that is humorous, terrifying, thrilling, thought-provoking and joyous whilst being a searing parable for our own complex times.

Night of the Living Dead – Remix is co-produced by imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse.

Directors: Pete Brooks / Andrew Quick

Cast size: 7


London: 21st October: 09.00 – 17.00

Leeds: 26th October: 09.00 – 17.00