At Pensacola Little Theatre, we take pride in the fact that our
instructors come from a variety of backgrounds
and with a wealth of knowledge to share with our students.
Jay Bixler (Education Director)
Improv for Actors, Acting for Teens, Improv for Teens
Originally from Greenville, Mississippi, Jay Bixler has been acting and volunteering in community theatre for over 30 years. A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jay served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the 5th Marine Regiment in California and later as the chief administrator for Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Jay has been an active part of Pensacola's theatre community for over 15 years, acting and directing shows for Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola State College, and the Pensacola Shakespeare Company, as well as appearing in local commercials for the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Florida. Jay has been teaching classes at PLT for over 7 years and has taught everything from adult acting to improv. He is a founding member of Pensacola's own improvisational comedy troupe, Improvable Cause.
Acting I for Adults, Acting II for Adults, Advanced Acting
A professional actor and proud member of the stage actor’s union, Actors’ Equity Association, Laura is a director, teacher, and private coach. She is a veteran of the stage, commercials, industrials, web-series, voiceovers, and independent films. Laura has been seen on the stages of New York, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Knoxville, Latin America, and our own Pensacola “boards,” to name a few. Favorite past roles include “Flora” in an adaptation of Henry James’ A Turn of the Screw by Nick Olcott (Helen Hayes award nominee for Best Play), “Mrs. Cheveley” in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, and “Sarah” in the American premiere of Translations by Brian Friel. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Laura also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, the Joan White School of English Theatre in London, and at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, she holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee -Knoxville. Laura has taken master classes from the esteemed Ms. Barbara Houseman, and she shares an acting coach with Johnny Depp. Currently, Laura is teaching theatre and improv classes at Pensacola State College (PSC).
Jennifer took an acting class at PLT and has not stopped pursuing a career in the arts ever since that day. She has over 15 years of experience in theatre which is not limited to onstage performances. Jennifer began teaching acting workshops at age 17. She has also received numerous awards for her performances in the theatre community, in including a superior ranking from the FCAA for her portrayal of "Honey" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She recently added playwright" to her resume'; She has written several one act plays that have been performed in local theaters as well as out of state venues. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Film Production. Some of her TV & film credits include the previous Los Angeles Film Festival official selection recipient, The New Year, a music video for Latangela Newsome and various commercials.
Broadway Babies, Stagecraft & Technical Theatre
Sadie is an aspiring actress with a deep passion for teaching. Her passions for the dramatic arts began early and through years of hard work it has earned her awards ranging from "Honor Thespian" to "All Star Cast." She has been in multiple shows including The Crucible, Into the Woods, the world premiere of R.U.R Redux, and the Little Theaters very own Short Attention Span. Currently, she works for Pensacola's very own ICMT murder mystery group. More of her training includes going to school for cosmetology and having been a teacher’s assistant for a Tech Theater class for over a year. She continues to look forward to furthering her passions by continuing to help inspire kids and promoting the dramatic arts through her new class here at Pensacola Little Theater.
Introduction to Improv for Kids
Kathleen Joyce is an enthusiastic and dedicated performer with years of performance experience on stage and screen. She has been acting nonstop since high school with a number of shows to her credit, taking on such roles as Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, Antipholus of Ephesus in A Comedy of Errors, Ruth Kelly in Harvey, and The Nurse from the classic Greek tragedy Medea. Along with her work onstage, she has also performed in a number of local movies, her latest being an entry into the New Orleans branch of the 48 Hour Film Festival. She has extensive professional training in the Meisner technique, musical theater, Shakespearean performance, vocal technique, and improv, having performed in the professional improv comedy troupe Improvable Cause for over four years and going into her third semester assisting Christina Cusack-Curbelo with leading Lab Rats, PLT's teen improv troupe. Kathleen has a great love for performing, but she also has a passion for teaching her craft, and she is very excited to be working with Pensacola Little Theatre.
Sarah Lane is a local actress with a passion for children's theatre. She started her life long theatre journey in Atlanta at a young age and has been actively involved in the theatre scene ever since. Sarah is currently working on her Bachelors in Theatre with a Minor in Education. She works as a main character actor for Enchanted Parties, LLC and helps direct shows at local schools, elementary - high school, durning the scholastic year. A few of the shows that she has been seen in here at Pensacola Little Theatre are as Asher's Wife in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cassandra in CATS, Tinker Bell in Shrek the Musical, and Princess #12 in Once Upon a Mattress. She is very excited to welcome in the youngest generation of Pensacola Little Theatre's family!
Mnemosyne (Nem) Heileman
Introduction to Acting for Kids
Nem is a recent transplant to the Pensacola area, having recently relocated from Portland, Maine. An avid actor,
some of her favorite roles include Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Madeline in Quills, and
Duncan/Macduff/Witch/Murderer in a four woman production of Macbeth. She most recently made her Florida
debut as Marcie in Studio 400's production of Dog Sees God.
Lab Rats – Teen Improv Troupe
Christina Cusack is a Miami native who now calls Pensacola home. She is a singer songwriter, actress, voice-over artist and a performing member of Improvable Cause.
Ms. Hancock began acting in high school and was awarded a 4-year drama scholarship by The College of Idaho (1982-1986) where she received degrees in English literature and philosophy. While living in New York City (1989-1995), she studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at the Sonia Moore Studio of the Theatre. After serving two years as a teacher of English in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkmenistan (1997-1999), she earned her master's degree in education from Ole Miss (2003) and taught at-risk students in both urban and rural areas in Mississippi. She published a novel, The Lost, in 2007. Since moving the Pensacola in 2008, she has taught classes at Virginia College and served as Education Director at Pensacola Little Theatre. She has been directing the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company since 2009.