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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.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Executive Director

Julie joins the company in 2018, having previously worked independently as an arts producer and in arts administration. Julie has worked in venues and produced festivals and has a particular interest in light art.

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.

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.

Associate Practitioners

Laura Atherton

Laura is an actor and theatre maker who trained at Bretton Hall. Having joined imitating the dog in 2007, she has toured both nationally and internationally with the company. Other work includes Lost in Memories by Delia Muir, supported by the Wellcome Trust and she is currently developing her own show, Decision Makers.

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.

Laura Hopkins

Laura’s work on devised productions, installation and art events has been seen at the Barbican,Tate Britain, the ICA, in tents, container lorries and fairground rides. She has also designed for the Old Vic, Royal Court, the National, Manchester Royal Exchange, Leeds Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, London Palladium, Sadler’s Wells, ENO, Opera North, Houston grand opera and the Metropolitan opera. She has collaborated with Pete Brooks for 25 years.

Morven Macbeth

Morven is an actor and theatre maker based in Glasgow and a core member of imitating the dog. She has been working with the company since 2005. Morven has also recently performed with companies such as Improbable, Bodies in Flight and Invisible Flock. She is represented by Regan Management.

Jeremy Peyton Jones

Jeremy Peyton Jones has composed for his own ensembles and written many scores for theatre works including several collaborations with imitating the dog and with director Pete Brooks. Recent works include Endings for Regular Music II with live electronics by sound artist Kaffe Matthews, and Against Oblivion Part 3 in collaboration with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra.

Matt Prendergast

Matt joined the company 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.

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


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


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