Sammy Fonfe (Owner and Director of BTS)
MA in Creative Musical Theatre Practise - Arts Educational School
Sammy trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and made her West End debut at the age of 13 in Bernadette the Musical. Sammy performed as Pepper in Annie and in various Royal Variety Performances. Sammy's other credits include the European tour of the Rocky Horror Show, Lola in Clandestine (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Chloe in Sitting in Silence (Riverside Studios).
Sammy toured the UK in the pop group Word On The Street, making numerous TV appearances and supporting Bewitched and 911 on their arena tours. Sammy also appeared in videos for Moloko, Back To My Roots, Rachel Stevens and Ash, making several appearances at the Docklands Arena and on Top of the Pops.
Sammy's work as choreographer includes choreographing the UK tour of A Night At The Musicals for four years and last year she completed a UK and Asian tour, dancing and choreographing for Lisa Scott Lee. This year Sammy choreographed Somewhere Over The Westway (Edinburgh Festival), Hot Mikado and she is currently choreographing for Portobello Panto.
Sammy co-wrote the sitcom Deja Vu which was made into a pilot starring Paul Nicholas and Sue Holderness.
Having taught for more than 10 years Sammy is delighted to be Principal and Director of Berkshire Theatre School and is looking forward to developing a thriving school of talent and energy.
Phil Buck (Head of Singing and Musical Director)
Phil graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2006 gaining a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.
Whilst in training, Phil played various roles, such as Felix in Humble Boy Tony/ Stephen in Copacabana, Gremio in Kiss Me Kate, Zach in A Chorus Line (Shaw Theatre) and Tony in West Side Story (Battersea Arts Centre).
Since leaving Mountview, Phil filmed with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in The Golden Compass, before leaving to go on a world tour with The Twelve Irish Tenors.
Phil made his West End debut appearing in La Cage Aux Folles at The Menier Chocolate Factory with Douglas Hodge, Philip Quast and Una Stubbs, playing the role of Etienne, where he understudied and played the role of Jean Michel.
He then went on to play Horis in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor and soon after originated the role of Jim in the west end show Jet Set Go! at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Dani Davies (Head of Drama / Director)
Dani was a student at Mo's Saturday stage school between the ages of 9 and 18. She then went on to train at the Arts Educational School, in Dance and Musical Theatre, during which time she continued to teach dance and drama at Mo's (BTS). She writes and adapts children's plays and has directed many productions for Mo's (BTS) including the Wedding Singer, The Dracula Spectacular Show, Honk, Oliver, The Farndale Avenue Townswoman's Guild's production of Macbeth, The Monster that Ate 3B, and A Step In Time. Other directing credits include Our House the Musical, Annie, Bugsy Malone, Annie Meets Oliver, Snoopy, Once Upon a Time, 101 Dalmations, Our Day Out.
Dani is currently training with The Academy of Performance Combat to be a fully qualified Stage Combat Teacher. She started a two year apprenticeship in 2009 and has been teaching at The Oxford School of Drama.
As well as teaching Dani worked as a professional dancer, her credits include Copacabana (UK No 1 Tour), Joseph (UK No 1 Tour), West Side Story at Camazaro Park Out Door Theatre, Elvis on Tour and numerous pantomimes.
She has also appeared in the Sky Sports Premier Football Season Advert 2009.
Dani is also the founder, along with her husband, of our sister company Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company. Please click here to visit their website.
Jenna Ellis (Dance Teacher)
Jenna started dancing at the age of 4 and gained all her grades in modern, tap and ballet.
She was involved in numerous professional pantomimes as a Junior Dancer and Senior Dancer at the Hexagon and The Anvil.
She also won the British All England's competition which was held in London for five years running.
At the age of 18 she then began her training in London where she did three years at Bird College and graduated with a National Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre.
Whilst in training, Jenna was the lead dancer in Live and Let Die, street dancer in Singing in the Rain, Catwalk model in House of Fraser in London and also performed at London's Olympia MOVE IT which she also danced alongside Britain's best dance crew Plague.
Jenna's other credits involve dancing at the Orchard Theatre where she was in Moulin Rouge and Dreamgirls, backing dancer for the new up and coming artist Pierre Lewis which toured around southern England. She's choreographed models for the Harringtons' Hair Catwalk Show four years running. She has also danced alongside Brooke Milliner from Street Dance 3D in numerous events and competitions.
Jenna has been selected to be represented by two agencies and whilst fitting in her teaching for all the pupils she is still auditioning for commercials and other agents for Professional work.
Scott Jenkins (LAMDA Teacher and Drama Workshops)
Scott Jenkins trained at the Urdang Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre where he attained top marks.
Since 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 , also many adverts. 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 also been asked back to appear in this years Pantomime at The Hexagon for a part in Cinderella.
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