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Teacher Biogs

Matthew Whitelock

Matt Whitelock is a LAMDA trained drama coach. He has been involved with the performing arts since the age of 12 and is a Pride of Reading award winner for his work with Berzerk Productions in its inaugural year. Matt has worked professionally in TV, theatre and film for many years and his credits include Cruise Of The Gods, Snatch, Mighty Boosh, Al Murrays Multiple Personality Disorder and many more.
Matt currently works within the state, private, specialist and home educational fields and started Berzerk in 1994. He has also directed and produced many shows over the years with the National Theatre connections programme, winning the regional finals an impressive three times. Matt also works alongside professional facilitators on the Easter and Summer schools Berzerk run during the holidays. 
He has three children aged from 9 - 20. His passion for Drama has inspired many young people to become performers in the industry or further their knowledge at performing arts colleges, more importantly to help them become good citizens.

Amy Rush

Amy Rush studied Performing Arts at Reading TVU and then went on to study at Bracknell and Wokingham College gaining a Distinction in her National Diploma. 
She also has LAMDA qualifications, is a registered chaperone, first aid trained and fully public liability insured.
She has always worked within the environment of children running parties at the Mad House and private Drama Parties.
Has appeared in many productions including Cinderella, Godspell and more and is currently on the Screenlite's agency books to work professionally in TV and Film. Amy has had a passion for Drama and performance from an early age and has focused her attention to providing quality drama tuition at Berzerk Productions!

Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins trained at the Urdang Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre where he attained top marks

Following graduation, Scott has been involved in various London shows including Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot and Chicago.  More locally, in and around Reading Scott has worked on Mack 'n' Mabel at the Kenton Theatre, Oklahoma at the Corn Exchange and Dick Whittington at Reading Hexagon, also shows that involved Simon Webbe from Blue, N-dubz and Christina Bailey (Hollyoaks)

Film Work includes The Golden Compass and a featured character in ITV's The Bill and BBC’s Eastenders.

Scott Currently works as a Director/Choreographer his shows include: Disco Inferno (Choreographer), All Shook up (Director and Choreographer), West Side Story (Choreographer), Grease (Choreographer) Peter Pan (Director and Choreographer) and Tribute act Bye Bye Baby(Jersey Guys).

Most recently the resident choreographer for ‘Teechers’ UK tour produced by Blackeyed Theatre Company

Scott is also senior management for Berzerk Productions, offering drama and dance for young people across Berkshire. www.berzerkproductions.com

Scott loves working as a professional and really loves teaching children the skills that he has gained during the years in Dance / Drama (LAMDA) College and now loves working as a fully qualified LAMDA/Dance Coach For Berzerk Productions.

He has recently been nominated for the pride of Reading awards for his continuous dedication and support to the young people of Reading.

Charlie Greenway

Charlie began her love for drama by training with Berzerk Productions as a young enthusiastic actress for 5 years, before heading to Loughborough University completing a BA (Hons) degree in English and Drama. It was at university where Charlie’s love for theatre and working with children blossomed, not only taking part in productions whilst studying theatre in Canada, but also from volunteer programmes and work-shadowing experiences. Here, she taught adults with disabilities drama and looked into the commendable work undertaken by Youth Centres.
From this, Charlie realised that she wanted to use the arts to help and develop others, and is very driven and motivated to do so through her work with Berzerk Productions.
During her training, Charlie has gained Lamda awards, been an extra in Family Affairs, and played roles such as Billy (Dirty Dirty Princess), and Mummy Tiger (Fishing for Tigers). In her final year of study at university, Charlie created and ran her own Theatre in Education workshop at a local secondary school, aimed at enhancing teenage self-esteem, which earned her First Class marks. She is also a registered chaperone and has full public liability insurance. 
Charlie hopes to use drama and her passion for theatre to enrich the lives of children, proving them with absorbing, challenging, but ultimately exciting projects to really get their teeth into!

Tom Bassett

Tom started his theatre training with Berzerk Productions over ten years ago, which captured his heart and imagination and spurred him on to continue with theatre during his teenage years, doing such projects like the National Theatre Connections programme and multiple other shows. He graduated from college with a triple A* grade and went straight into a London based musical theatre company, which works with further training, opportunities to perform, professional etiquette and links within the professional industry. With this company, Tom toured many shows through London and Cornwall, visiting the world famous Minack Theatre in Lands End. Tom had main roles in such shows including Legally BlondeElf the MusicalLoserville & Oliver. Tom has ventured into writing, directing and producing short films, exploring yet another avenue of expressing creativity. Tom is now aiming to go to take his training to the next academic level, but is returning to his roots at Berzerk to help other young individuals grow as performers.

Luke Mortimore

Luke undertook performance studies at Bracknell and Wokingham College, before professionally training to be an actor at The University Of Northampton. Throughout his time there, Luke performed in Simon Stephen’s Pornography directed by Dominic Rouse and participated in a group devised show with director Lily Mcleish She Echoes. Luke has also had experience in creating his own theatre company Afterlight Theatre in which their first written show Erased debuted at Northampton’s Flash Theatre Festival. Luke has a keen interest in screen acting and naturalism, and has participated in a number of short films and TV-miniseries alongside being a keen musician and songwriter. Upon graduation Luke took his experiences into teaching with Berzerk Productions, wanting to share his knowledge with young and aspiring actors from his home town.  Luke believes in building confidence and acceptance in young people, encouraging them that making mistakes is all a part of learning.

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