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Other Floridians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in the past are Joe Boyd,
Beverly Blanchette and Jay Jensen.

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AMBIENTE Editors Note | Herb Sosa
I had the pleasure of having the lovely Ms. H as my Drama Teacher while attending
Miami High...many years ago.  So did Ambiente features writer & TV personality, J.C.
Alvarez.
Under her direction & guidance I learned to reach my "inner actor" & express my
feelings; designed sets & costumes for the then-newly restored Mediterranean Revival
Theatre- which is a jewel and like no other high school theatre you can imagine; won a
Superior rating for costume design at State Conference (Taming of the Shrew); and
even starred as
Ken in one of her productions - Barbie & Kens Christmas!  Marty was
always much more than a teacher to me - she was a friend, counselor, coach and
cheerleader.  
Back then she always had a Tab can close-by, was always smiling and an avid clown
collector.  My best memories of High School were in that 4th floor classroom, its little
stage, and of my inspirational teacher - Marty Hancock.  
I am lucky to still stay in contact with her and to be able to write this short note of
appreciation for her.

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Marty Hancock, former Miami High Drama Teacher, Honored at
National Theatre Festival

By Bob Strickland

At the Educational Theatre Association Conference held in Chicago in September Marty
Hancock was inducted into the EDTA Hall of Fame.

I had the honor of presenting her with this prestigious award. Excellence – this is a
word that describes Marty's work as a theatre educator and mentor to theatre teachers.
In traditional theatre teacher fashion, Marty lived at her school for 35-plus years,
tirelessly working with students and insisting that they work for the honesty and truth in
the work. She held her students to the highest standard of quality and took no excuses.
It did not matter that the vast majority of her students were on free and reduced lunch. It
did not matter that her school administration was often unsupportive. It did not matter
that many times parents were nowhere to be seen. It did not matter that she was
denied the use of the auditorium on many occasions as large Social Studies classes
were scheduled there. It did not matter that she was assigned a classroom up on the
4th floor (she knew the exact number of steps to get there). What mattered was the
work.
In addition to her students, Marty always had time for students from other
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schools. There were many times when
Marty would be working with a student
from another school on a monologue for
a college audition, a scene for individual
events, critiquing designs, or just advising
students about their theatre and/or
college options. Marty never said no.
Marty has gone out of her way to quietly
mentor new and struggling teachers.

Critiquing the work, assisting with play
selection, cutting material to fit a
time-frame and still keeping the intent in
tact, advising on casting, sharing lesson
plans, etc.

The list goes on and on; she would work
with anyone who wanted her help.
Upon her retirement, Marty did not let up
in regard to theatre education. She immediately began working at the University of
Miami. She worked with a different kind and age of student, and demanded their best.

These non-theatre majors did not know what hit them.
She has also become heavily involved and in much demand on the “adjudication
circuit.” She has served in this capacity for the Florida Theatre Conference,
Southeastern Theatre Conference, and of course one Thespian Festival after another.