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The Team

Pete Brooks

Pete Brooks

Co-Artistic Director

Pete has a long history of making original theatre work as well as having directed both classics and commercial musicals. He has worked with imitating the dog since 2004, leading on directing performance, and also teaches at Central Saint Martin’s.

Andrew Quick

Andrew Quick

Co-Artistic Director

Andrew is a founder member of imitating the dog. Andrew leads on writing for the company and has directed a number of productions. Andrew also teaches at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) at Lancaster University and has published widely on contemporary art practices.

Simon Wainwright

Simon Wainwright

Co-Artistic Director

Simon is a founder member of the company, starting off in 1998 as a devisor and performer. He now leads on all video design for the company. He is also a musician and is part of the band Hope & Social.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Executive Director

Julie started working with imitating the dog in 2018, having previously worked independently as an theatre producer and in arts administration. Julie has worked in venues and produced festivals and has a particular interest in light art.

Laurence Young

Laurence Young

Learning and Access Officer

Laurence started working with us in October 2019, and is responsible for the management and development of our Creative Learning work as well as leading on making our work as accessible as possible. Before coming to imitating the dog, Laurence worked as a youth theatre director and facilitator, and in community settings across the country including Leeds Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, and the National Theatre’s Public Acts programme. Laurence is also a freelance theatre director, and is the founder and Co-Director of archipelago arts collective.

Morven Macbeth

Morven Macbeth

Associate Practitioner & Company Producer

Morven is an actor and theatre maker based in Scotland. She has been working with imitating the dog since 2005, primarily as a performer, touring both nationally and internationally. In her role as Company Producer, Morven has worked with ITD on everything from tour booking to social media management to workshop facilitation. She recently qualified as a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England.

Associate Practitioners

Laura Atherton

Laura Atherton

Laura is an actor and theatre maker who trained at Bretton Hall. Since her first production with imitating the dog in 2007, Laura has toured both nationally and internationally and has been involved in the making of nine shows with the company. Other work includes Lost in Memories by Delia Muir, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Laura is currently doing a MA in Creative Writing, on the scriptwriting route, at Manchester Writing School. www.lauraatherton.co.uk 

Morgan Bailey

Morgan Bailey

Morgan is a graduate of DNA Performance Resource in Manchester. His TV work includes In The Dark (BBC) and Coronation Street (ITV). Recently, Morgan has performed with imitating the dog in Night of the Living Dead - Remix and Heart of Darkness, and Airlock, which was streamed on BBC Iplayer.

 David Callanan

David Callanan

David is a Co-Artistic Director of idontloveyouanymore, a digital art and performance company based in the North of England. He has worked with award winning companies and venues. David designed and co-directed To Miss The Ending, winning Best XR/Immersive at BFI London Film Festival 2020, and an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2021.

Alan Cox

Alan Cox

Alan is a theatre technologist developing his craft from small scale arts pieces to The West End, Broadway, international expositions, film and TV. Theatre design and development credits include Ghost, Prince of Egypt, Before The Dawn (Kate Bush), Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar (RSC).

Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts is a visual designer and technologist who works with lighting, video and interactive tech for theatre, dance and mixed-media companies. Andrew has worked with a range of other companies including Blast Theory, Belarus Free Theatre, Every House Has A Door, Invisible Flock, Streetwise Opera, Geraldine Pilgrim Performance, Jasmin Vardimon and Spymonkey.

 Keicha Greenidge

Keicha Greenidge

Keicha Greenidge is a film, television and theatre actor. She trained at DNA Resource and The Acting Class. As well as performing internationally, her works include: Three Girls (BBC), In the Club (BBC) and The Feed (Amazon). Keicha is currently working on a book and is represented by Morello Cherry Acting Agency.

James Hamilton

James Hamilton

James is a Belfast born trumpet player and educator based in Yorkshire. After studying Jazz Performance and an MA in Composition at Leeds College of Music, he began writing for his own award-winning jazz orchestra and joined pioneering DIY indie band Hope and Social. He has taught in schools and colleges and lead workshops for choirs and ensembles around the UK. His work is multi-genre and includes commissions for jazz orchestra, theatre shows and installations.

Laura Hopkins

Laura Hopkins

Laura graduated in Interior Architecture and studied at the Motley Theatre Design course. Her work ranges from mainstream theatre, musicals and international opera to experimental performance and installation. She's designed for the Old Vic, Royal Court, ICA, National Theatre, Royal Exchange, Barbican, Leeds Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, London Palladium, Sadler’s Wells, ENO, Opera North and the New York Met. She has worked with Pete Brooks for over 25 years. www.laurahopkins.co.uk/

Morven Macbeth

Morven Macbeth

Morven is an actor and theatre maker based in Scotland, and has been working with ITD since 2005. Morven has also recently performed with companies such as Improbable, Bodies in Flight and Invisible Flock. TV credits include Outlander (Starz/Sony Pictures Television) and Holby City (BBC). She is represented by Regan Management.
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Matt Prendergast

Matt Prendergast

Matt first worked with imitating the dog in 2011. Since then he has worked with the company regularly. Credits include Pericles (National Theatre), The Tempest (English Touring Opera), Guardians (feature film). Matt trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
www.mattprendergast.com

Adela Rajnović

Adela Rajnović

Adela Rajnović is a performer and theatre maker based in London. She trained at Central Saint Martins, where she specialised in performance and devising. Her work spans across many different disciplines, including (but not limited to) theatre, live art, film, and contemporary music. Throughout this exploration of mediums, Adela has been fortunate enough to collaborate with several established artists including Lea Anderson, Matthew Shlomowitz, and players from The London Sinfonietta.

Matthew Tully

Matthew Tully

Matthew is a performance designer and maker. He has worked on projects with the company since 2019. The Sheffield based creative has previously produced sets and props for, TV, music video, art exhibitions and advertising. How own work examines relationships between play, performance and design. www.matthewtully.org

The Board

David Dolan Martin (Chair)

Theatre Consultant

David is an independent theatre consultant who has worked in producing theatre for thirty years. He specialises in business strategy and financial planning, promoting both resilience and sustainability and has a particular interest in supporting, promoting and producing the work of LGBTQI+ artists and companies.

Leroy Philbrook (Vice Chair)

Executive Director, Burnley Youth Theatre

Leroy is Executive Director of Burnley Youth Theatre, part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio.  In his varied career, he has 10 years experience as a freelancer in technical theatre in both America and England.  Other roles include; University Lecturer, College Lecturer, Local Authority Arts Officer, and 6 years as a Relationship Manager Theatre with Arts Council England.

Sumit Sarkar

Artist

Sumit is a Manchester-based sculptor and painter working with digital technology, including the use of video mapping, motion capture, virtual reality and 3D print. Sumit also works as a designer, curator and workshop leader.

Kate Beard

Producer

Kate is an experienced Producer and Project Manager with particular skills in delivering complex live events. Kate has worked on international events for London’s Barbican Centre and Manchester International Festival and is now working with Grassington Festival and Hope & Social.

Tim Joel

Events & Cultural Service Manager, Preston City Council

Tim is an innovative senior cultural leader with experience of change management and leading significant cultural programmes, currently working in local government with a background in cultural development.

Dr Joslin McKinney

Associate Professor in Scenography, University of Leeds

Joslin teaches and researches in the area of performance design and scenography. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography and has published widely on the way that theatre images and materials communicate to audiences.

Frances Richens

Editor, ArtsProfessional

Frances is a journalist and Editor of ArtsProfessional, the leading online magazine for professionals working in the UK’s arts and cultural sector. She has previously worked in digital theatre marketing and audience development.

Peter Wakefield

Freelance Charity Finance consultant

He was head of Finance at Oldham Coliseum Theatre for 14 years with particular experience in TheatreTax Relief and VAT Cultural Exemption. He has also worked with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman Theatres. Peter is also a Director of Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham. In his spare time he has also been know to tread the boards in the local Amateur Theatre world and has been recently appointed as Musical Director for Saddleworth Musical Society