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Teacher Biogs

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Aundre Goddard

Is the owner of Berzerk Productions. He developed his trade studying drama at De Montfort University and continued on their MA programme studying performance practices. His area of research was post-colonial studies and the representation of ethnic minorities in performance. Recently, he has been exploring how movement-based practices can be used to inform performance making. He specialises in devising pieces that are immersive, provoking and abstract. This allows him to experiment with theatre-making like never before. He is excited about offering Reading's young people something refreshing and is on a mission to change the town's artistic and cultural landscape. 
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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 18 - 25. 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.
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Pixie Nash

Pixie received ten years of training in Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting before attending Plymouth University, where she gained a BA in Theatre and Performance. Over the years she has performed in numerous musical productions across Berkshire, including ‘42nd Street’ and ‘The King and I’ at The Hexagon, Reading. In 2017 Pixie appeared in two sell out plays, ‘Peace’ and ‘Hay Fever’ by Noel Coward. She has vast experience as a youth theatre practitioner and has spent recent years working with children in holidays camps and both mainstream and SEN schools. Passionate about teaching and education, Pixie believes that engaging in the arts has the power to build confidence, fuel self-expression and transform lives. Pixie is also a qualified Zumba instructor; holds an enhanced DBS and is Safeguarding and First Aid trained.
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Hollie Alexander

Hollie began training in dance from a young age, undertaking lessons for many years in a variety of genres including contemporary and hip-hop. This inspired her to go on to earn a first-class BA(Hons) degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London. Throughout University, Hollie crafted her skills in many areas of theatre such as directing, physical and dance theatre, verbatim and children’s theatre. During this time, she co-created and ran a drama workshop for young children at the Tate Modern Gallery and she has written and co-directed a short original play that was performed at the Battersea Arts Centre, along with directing, choreographing and acting in many other original pieces at University. Hollie has also received training from The National Youth Film Academy in screen acting, which she has a special interest in after starring in a number of short films and music videos. This has helped her develop her performance skills, as well as allow her to work with some top industry professionals, casting directors and filmmakers. Through her work at Berzerk productions, Hollie is hoping to inspire the next generation of performers and theatre-makers in her hometown by nurturing their originality, creativity and passion.
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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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Karina Parker

Berzerk Productions holds a special place in my heart, from becoming a student at the Pangbourne class when I was just 13, to coaching various classes when I was in sixth form. After finishing school, I went on to further my craft, studying Acting at university. I am so thrilled to come back and share the skills and knowledge I gained during my degree with the students. I enjoy all types of performance, but one of my main passions is comedy and sitcom. Laughter is a universal language, understood by all, it can bring us together and help us see the joys of the everyday.

 

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Amy Pagan

Amy began her drama training with Berzerk Productions from a young age due to her passion for singing, dancing and acting, before completing a BA (Hons) degree in Drama & Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is passionate about dance theatre, naturalistic acting and acting for screen. During her university course, Amy completed a Theatre for Young Audiences module, which was where her love for working with children in a drama-based environment flourished. Whilst attending university, she also worked with children daily at a breakfast and afterschool club. Amy is strongly passionate about children’s mental health and wants to inspire her students to be positive, confident and worry-free through her coaching at Berzerk Productions, whilst pushing them to be the best young actors they can be. She is also first aid trained, a registered chaperone, and fully public liability insured.

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