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Imagineer makes live events, in particular theatre and outdoor performance, education programmes, special commissions and touring work. Our projects bring together creative thinkers and innovators from the arts sector with engineers, architects, educationalists, special effects artists and designers.

Our Vision is to create extraordinary outdoor and site-specific work at the intersection of art, engineering and educational and social change, transforming lives and living in the collective memory forever. To discover ‘imagineers’ of the future and create the conditions and environment for them to flourish.

The Team

The Imagineer team
The Imagineer team (L to R): Jane Hytch, Kathi Leahy, Claire Maddocks, Andrea Simpson

Jane Hytch
Chief Executive
As a founder member and CEO of Imagineer, Jane has worked on numerous projects and events including Godiva Awakes for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and The Imagineerium Initiative. She is deeply involved in the campaign to transform The Daimler Powerhouse into a new creation centre for Coventry.

Jane’s other roles include Associate Producer for The Belgrade Theatre, developing Arts Alive into a local national and international festival of innovative outdoor and site specific theatre, producer of The Mysteries in 2000, 2003 & 2006, initiating and developing The Coventry Theatre Network and founder member and Artistic Director of Worcester Arts Workshop.

Claire Maddocks
Claire is a co-founder and former Director of Imagineer. She now works on a freelance basis, producing Bridge as well as acting as consultant and producer for other regional organisations. Prior to working for Imagineer, Claire was based at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry as Programme Manager and Community Department Manager. She was founder and Director of the Arts Alive Festival, a festival of new writing and large-scale international outdoor work. During this period she was also Secretary for the Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN).

Kathi Leahy
Associate Producer & Director
Co-founder and former Director of Imagineer, Kathi now works freelance for the company, developing and leading the Imagineerium Initiative and Transformations Project. Kathi was Artistic Director and Co-Producer on Godiva Awakes. Her work for Imagineer includes Opening Ceremony International Children’s Games, ‘Germination’, ‘Ostara’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘War Bride’ (Coventry Cathedral & Birmingham Cathedral & Tour) Kathi revived the Coventry Godiva Carnival – Artistic Director / Producer 2000 – 2014 and received an Arts Council Fellowship in 2005 to study Carnival in Trinidad. Kathi also founded the Shaskeen Irish Arts Organisation in Coventry for which she received an Irish Post Award in 1998.

Andrea Simpson
Finance Director
Andrea is Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) who trained and practised in the commercial sector before moving into the public sector, joining Belgrade Theatre as Head of Finance in 2000. She became Finance Director for Imagineer in 2009.

Bethanie Allum
Creative Producer
Beth was a participant and volunteer with Imagineer before becoming our Creative Apprentice in 2017, and then promoted to Creative Producer. Beth is responsible for developing The Art Cafe’s project with local community neighbourhoods.

Lauren Fallon
Company Manager
Lauren is responsible for the operational aspects of the company. Lauren worked with us in 2012 to support The Godiva Awakes Project and after a time at The Birmingham Rep working as part of the Community and Education Team, she is back! Lauren currently works on a part-time basis with Imagineer and we share her with Open Theatre Company.

Dave Long
Business Development Officer
Dave is responsible for maintaining and  developing business links, relationships and fundraising.

Tara Rutledge
Social Media Officer
Tara works with the team on a coordinated approach to social media.

Michael Mogan
Fundraising Advisor

Imagineer also employs over 90 freelance professional local, regional, national and international  artists and practitioners each year.