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 (“Improv 101”) has been volunteering with the Pensacola Little Theatre as an actor, director, carpenter and technician for 14 years. He began acting and studying theatre arts with his parents at the age of 6 at their community theatre, Delta Center Stage, in Greenville, Mississippi. In 2005, Bixler became a founding member of the local improvisational comedy troupe, IMPROVable Cause, which has continued to perform monthly shows for the last 12 years. Under the first PLT Education Director, he taught “Acting for Adults” and has taught improvisational acting classes for children with the Lab Rats over the last 6 years.
Nicole Dickson (“Broadway Babies – Thursday”, "Yes and!" and “Too Dramatic!”) holds a BA in Theatre from the University of West Florida. She is an actress, writer, teacher and coach with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, both nationally and internationally. She was featured in the film Atlantic Rim and has been seen on television shows such as FBI Criminal Pursuit and Wicked Attraction. She has extensive experience in improvisation and has founded and directed several improvisational theatre troupes, including Pensacola’s own highly successful improv troupe, IMPROVable Cause. Dickson is the owner and director of Pensacola-based mystery dinner theatre - Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre. She is also an accomplished director and educator in her field.
Jennifer created Academy at PLT, an intensive year round class targeted for experienced middle and high school theatre students.
Sadie Hight ("Broadway Babies - Wednesday") 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 teachers assistant for a Tech Theater class for over a year. She continues to look forward to progressing her Passions by continuing to help inspire kids and promoting the dramatic arts through her new class here at Pensacola Little Theater!
Laura Sebastian (“Acting I”, “Acting II” and “Advanced Acting for Adults”) is pleased to return to PLT’s teaching series of adult acting classes. A professional actor and proud member of the stage actor’s union, Actors’ Equity Association, she is a director, a teacher, and private coach. Laura is a veteran of the stage, commercials, industrials, web-series, voiceovers, and independent films. She 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 with Barbara Houseman (present speech/vocal/text coach for Kenneth Branagh, Jude Law, and Daniel Radcliffe, among other celebrated actors), and she shares an acting coach with Johnny Depp.
Currently, Laura is teaching theatre and improv classes at Pensacola State College (PSC). Her teaching methods are strongly based in New York-style intensive acting classes.