About Us

Dante or Die makes bold and ambitious site-specific performances that tour across the country and internationally. We gently transform ordinary spaces to create unique and intimate theatrical experiences.

Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, our original productions interrogate and celebrate contemporary human stories that take place in everyday buildings -  from hotel rooms to swimming pools to cafés.

We have collaborated with leading arts venues across the UK including Traverse Theatre, The Lowry & The Almeida alongside grassroots organisations in the localities in which we make work. Dante or Die are SITELINES Associate Artists at South Street Reading, which champions performance in unusual locations.

Making performances in different spaces opens up unexpected and exciting opportunities to create wide-ranging partnerships with organisations, businesses and communities, locally, nationally and internationally. We collaborate with local people wherever we work, whether that’s in our research phase, in rehearsals or spreading the word about seeing a show or getting involved. You can read more about this here.

The team at Dante or Die is passionate about developing audiences, and making our projects open to as many people in every community that we work. This includes a commitment to embedding BSL interpretation or captioning in all performances. Our participation and training initiatives nurture new talent, helping young people and those changing career paths to find employment in the arts.

The name Dante or Die comes from the site where Daphna and Terry first made a site-specific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park many years ago. The grafitti containing the words Dante or Die are still scrawled there...

Daphna Attias

Daphna Attias

Co-Artistic Director

daphna@danteordie.com peutetretheatre.co.uk Biography
Terry O'Donovan'

Terry O'Donovan

Co-Artistic Director

terry@danteordie.com tootmaketheatre.org.uk Biography
Sophie Ignatieff

Sophie Ignatieff

Producer

sophie@danteordie.com Biography

Lucy Atkinson

Executive Producer

lucy@danteordie.com Biography

Anna Woolhouse

Associate Artist

anna@danteordie.com Biography

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Daphna Attias, Gemma Cook, Faith Dodkins, Liz Eddy, Gareth James, Terry O'Donovan, Tom Smith, Jen Tait, Lib Taylor, Vicky Wilson.

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