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 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 trained at the Urdang Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre where he attained top marks
From graduating, Scott has been involved in shows that include Pirates of Penzance (London), Workshop plans For Spamalot (London), A dancer at the Chicago Film (London), Mack 'n' Mabel (Kenton Theatre), Oklahoma (Corn Exchange) Different Cabarets as a dancer and singer in and around Reading.
Other shows that involved Simon Webbe from Blue and N-dubz , most recently a Pantomime in Reading (Dick Whittington) starring John Altman (Nasty Nick) and Christina Bailey (Hollyoaks) in Reading.
Film Work includes The Golden Compass and a featured character in ITV's The Bill, featured characters in BBC’s Eastenders and many adverts.
Scott Currently works as a Director/Choreographer for many companies his shows include: Disco Inferno (Choreographer), All Shook up (Director and Choreographer), West Side Story (Choreographer), Grease (Choreographer), Beauty and the Beast (Director and Choreographer).
He is currently Choreographer and Director of Marc Juan Productions offering Tribute band acts across England, currently working on the Jersey Jukebox (Jersey Guys).
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 been nominated for the pride of Reading awards for his continuous dedication and support to the young people of Reading.
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!
Josh trained with Berzerk as a youngster where his passion for theatre and performance truly developed. He went on to study Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London where he was able to take modules in not only performance but playwriting, devising and contemporary British theatre. Here he was also fortunate enough to take part in a wide array of stage productions. Some of his favourites include playing Sir Toby Belch in an open air production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Birdboot in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, Huld in Stephen Berkoff’s The Trial and Duncan in Dennis Kelly’s Love and Money, directed by playwright Dan Rebellato. These productions allowed Josh to work with a number of theatrical styles, from period pieces to contemporary, from the completely abstract to the naturalistic. Josh performed in a new musical at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and at the 2015 Camden Fringe he performed in a brand new play with Crooked Tree Theatre Company. Josh’s final year group project was a site-specific installation and audio piece, which took place within a house and earned him and his peers first class marks.
Josh is thrilled to be working with Berzerk and has already been involved with Citizenship, our 2016 NT Connections show as assistant director and a cast member. He believes that creative and artistic expression are so important for young people and is constantly impressed by the talents and imaginations of the students at Berzerk. He hopes to guide them in growing towards their full creative potential.