Little Dog Barking Theatre

Little Dog Barking Theatre was established in 2010 with the vision for the company to create original theatre productions specifically for our very young audiences. This has been successfully achieved for over 10 years; where the thrill and magic of live theatre has been taken into hundreds of Primary Schools and Early Childhood Centres.

Our productions are aimed at Early Childhood and Lower Primary School aged groups (generally 2-8 years). We make the performances intimate and accessible by bringing them to your location. This means smaller audiences and children are in their familiar environments creating greater opportunity for participation in the performances.


Peter Wilson was the founding artistic director of the Capital E National Theatre for Children; Whilst with them he created many popular early childhood programs including Farm at the End of the Road, Seasons, On Our Street and Songs of the Sea.

For Little Dog Barking he has created Party Pigs & a Sausage went for a Walk, Little Kowhai Tree, Paper Shaper, Paper Plays, Duck Death and the Tulip, The Pond and Rupert 

**The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 – all actors, technicians, Director and back office staff are all police checked**

Our Team

Jacqueline Coats - Director 

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Jacqueline has an MTA in Directing from Victoria University of Wellington/Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and was recently awarded a postgraduate diploma in Arts Education Management from the University of Leeds. Over her career, she has worked as a director, restage director or assistant director for many theatres, opera companies, festivals, and orchestras around NZ. She has a particular passion for creating work for and with young people.

Hayley Collett - Producer 


Hayley has worked with Little Dog Barking Theatre since 2019.  Through her background in sales and event planning, she has found herself in the wonderful world of children's theatre. Though she hasn't performed on the stage since her younger years, she loves to be a part of the magic that brings joy to our young audiences.

Kenny King- Actor/Puppeteer

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Kenny King is an award winning puppeteer and actor. Trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Kenny has been a professional performer for over 15 years. He began his puppetry career at Capital E National Theatre for Children under the tutelage of Peter Wilson. They have enjoyed a fruitful professional relationship ever since. In 2010 Kenny won the inaugural Chapman Tripp Critics Choice Award for his puppetry in Capital E’s “End Game”. Kenny is also an accomplished improviser, having worked for The Improvisors, Wellingtons longest running professional improv troupe since 2005. 

Laurel Mitchell - Actor/Puppeteer 

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Laurel Mitchell is an actor and comedian, currently based in Wellington. She has just completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Theatre as well as Classical Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. This has driven a love for folk tales and the reimaging of old stories particularly in Children's Theatre. She also has a love for shows that educate, with a recent credit including 'Celestial Nobodies' a polylogue from the perspective of  different planets, each tackling a different social issue. This has developed a love of performances that are creative and funny, with a grounding in education

Manuel Solomon - Actor/Puppeteer

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Manuel Solomon is currently an Auckland based actor, dancer and choreographer, of Samoan, German, Pākehā, and Māori descent. Graduate of acting from Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama school, class of 2012.

 Passionate about using movement to tell stories, Manny has been working in the industry since leaving drama school as a dancer/choreographer and actor in works like “Spring awakening” ‘Tiki Taane Mahuta’ and “The Undertow” among others.

Manuel is grateful to be a part of the little dog barking whānau and is very excited to bring his love and passion for movement and story telling to our young rangatahi across the motu.