imitating the dog have been making ground-breaking work for theatres and other spaces for more than 20 years. Our work has been seen across the world, and we have made work for outdoor festivals and events, seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
As a company, we are most interested in telling stories. We create beautiful, memorable images for audiences, and the work fuses live performance with digital technology, in order to serve the story in the best possible way. The work is always fresh and often surprising. We take risks.
We make work for touring to mid-scale theatres as well as studio productions. We want to tell stories which are important and which contain important ideas. Sometimes this is an adaptation of a classic novel or a film, and at other times it might be a new story, devised by the company. We also make large-scale sited video-mapped projects, but always with a story to tell. In 2018, our piece Arrivals & Departures was part of the opening events for Hull’s year as City of Culture.
“imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
The core creative team are the three co-artistic directors: Andrew, Simon and Pete. They work very regularly with a number of key associate artists.
In addition to the theatre and festivals work, imitating the dog deliver a year-round creative learning programme, including workshops and residencies in schools, colleges, universities and community settings, alongside productions, and an annual international skills exchange, aimed at developing and sharing digital technology skills for live performance with our peers in the UK and beyond.
From April 2018, we became part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, and are proud to be contributing to the UK’s cultural ecology, and representing the UK when we take our work to other parts of the world.
The company was formed in 1998 by Alice Booth, Seth Honnor, Andrew Quick, Richard Malcolm and Andrew Quick. Read more about the people who now make up imitating the dog below.
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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 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 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 started working with imitating the dog in 2018, having previously worked independently as a theatre producer and in arts administration. Julie has worked in venues and produced festivals and has a particular interest in light art.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. morvenmacbeth.co.uk reganmanagement.co.uk
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 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 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
David Dolan Martin (Chair)
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)
In his varied career, Leroy 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 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 is an experienced Producer and Project Manager with particular skills in delivering complex live events. Kate has worked on international events for the Barbican and Manchester International Festival. After several years working with Grassington Festival, Kate is now retraining in cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet).
Creative Project Manager
Robyn believes in the power of the arts to support positive social change, connection, and innovation. Passionate about non-site-specific, digital, immersive, and interdisciplinary work. Her multidisciplinary skills across the arts give her a unique collaborative approach in working with artists, companies, and communities from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
Amber is a law graduate, currently studying for a masters in Security and International law and is due to begin her Legal Practice Course this September alongside a masters in Law, Business and Finance. She has varied experience in professional and committee roles, spanning the political, legal and charitable sectors.
Jameela is a freelance director working in theatre for young (Bradfordian) audiences and a creative producer for (Cumbrian) artist filmmakers, and comes with experience in project planning, management & evaluation, pitching, and fundraising. Jameela relishes topic/news-based deep dives and distilling findings to others.
Zoe is a student at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying a BA in Applied Theatre. She has worked within the creative engagement departments at Leeds Playhouse and York Theatre Royal. She also helped to produce ‘For/With/By’, a European youth theatre festival at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Communications & Development Manager, Quarantine
Frances is an arts marketing and fundraising specialist, currently working with Manchester-based contemporary performance ensemble Quarantine. She has a background in journalism and previously worked as Editor of arts industry magazine ArtsProfessional.
Freelance Charity Finance consultant
Peter 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