Our Students are ArtistsSoutheastern Teen Shakespeare Company and First City Shakespeare offer a full range of classes in all aspects of performance. Under the artistic direction of Michelle Hancock, emphasis is placed on the development of the whole actor and focuses on what will be required of the student should he or she desire to pursue acting as a profession. The result is conservatory-type training, at the beginning level, which prepares students for professional training programs. At SETSCO, we do not expect all of our students to become professional actors, but we do treat all of our students like artists.
Professional-level TrainingAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Sonia Moore Studio of the Theatre, and with Peter Jensen’s workshop. She has studied improvisation with Eric Farone and Jeanmarie Collins, voice over with Susan Berkley, and voice with Carolyn Marcell. She has been acting and directing for over thirty years, has been teaching for sixteen years, and has worked professionally in film, commercials, and theatre. Additionally, Michelle has degrees in English literature and philosophy and is a published novelist.
Ms. Hancock brings a lifetime of experience and learning to Pensacola, a vision that includes anyone who wants to learn, and the ability to give students the confidence to become more themselves. She is a teaching artist who is dedicated to the integrity of the individual, the beauty of the theatre, and the truths that only art attempts to define. These goals can only be achieved by hard work and discipline, and SETSCO’s mission, which was written by Ms. Hancock, is to offer classes and performance opportunities that lead to students’ significant grown as artists, as community members, and as human beings.
A Well-rounded Curriculum