Spring 2017 Instructors
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 (“Yes, and!” and “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 – Session 2” and “So 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.
Demetrius “Michii” McNutt (“Too Dramatic!”) has been involved with theatre since elementary school. Michii has appeared in various productions, which include The Crucible, Once Upon a Mattress, Oklahoma! and Grease. He is currently a student at Pensacola State College and is a volunteer for PLT’s Academy. Michii is very passionate about the arts and is looking forward to making his class a positive experience for all students.
Jackie Rhoades (“Broadway Babies – Session 1” and "Playmakers - Sections 1 & 2") is so excited to be returning to PLT’s Education team! She recently relocated from Virginia, where she earned her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Emory and Henry College. Since graduating, she has appeared in productions all over Virginia and Maryland. Some professional credits include: Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Fancy Nancy: The Musical; Unearthed; Go, Dog. Go!; and Teen Brain. She was most recently seen in the title role of Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s production of Rapunzel. During her time at various theatres, she has taught many classes, workshops, and summer camps, toured public schools leading readers theatre workshops, choreographed and taught for several outreach programs (such as SML Good Neighbors and The Boys and Girls Club), and taught theatre classes for “The ABC’s of ABA” (a program for kids on the autistic spectrum). When she is not onstage or teaching, she loves running and exercising and is currently working on her Sports Nutrition certification.
Laura Sebastian (“Acting I for Adults,” “Acting II for Adults,” 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.