Martin Buchanan has been involved in theatre since he was twelve years old when his mother signed him up for an after school theatre program. As a former Resident Artist, Martin has appeared numerous times on The Coterie stage, most recently in Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Lyle the Crocodile; Bud, Not Buddy; Slashdance; and Number the Stars.

Melody Butler has been a Teaching Artist at The Coterie and Starlight Theatre since 2009. She is also one of the Master Acting Teachers and has worked in the Education, Marketing, and Front of House departments at The Coterie. She has taught theatre and dance for a collective eleven years and loves it more every day. She hopes not only to inspire those she meets but to be inspired by them as well.

Ellyn Calvert is a recent Kansas State University graduate where she studied theatre.  Her degree is a BS in Theatre with an emphasis in performance however, she also minored in biology.  She is a stage and film actor and is very excited to be sharing the wonders of Theatre with the next generation.

Elise Campagna made her Coterie stage debut in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, after previously serving as a Coterie teaching artist. Past acting credits include Luciano for Me! in the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival, Jane Eyre with the Barn Players, and Vincent in Brixton with Mettropolitan Ensemble Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where she earned her BA in Theatre Performance and English

Elena Stephenson Campbell is native to Kansas City and well versed in performing, directing, educating, filmmaking, and stage managing. She holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Abilene Christian University. She has studied literature at Oxford University and film at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. In 2015 she received her MA in Educational Theatre at New York University.

Emma Carter is a teacher, actress, and playwright with a BFA from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Originally from Fulton, MO, she  moved to Kansas City in August of 2013, making her KC debut as an ensemble member in Carrie the Musical with Egads! Theatre Company. When not teaching she enjoys exploring KC's local, organic food scene and solving mysteries. 

Christi Coffey holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State. She is a professional actress who has performed at The MET, Egads!, and The Living Room. She taught preschool for many years which is where she found her love of teaching children. Christi was a full time nanny for 5 years, until recently when she decided to involve herself in more teaching opportunities.

Walter Coppage has performed at The Coterie in James and The Giant Peach, Our Town, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Giver, Valley Song, Frankenstein, Green Eggs and Ham and My Children! My Africa! Elsewhere, he has appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, and The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. In 2009, The Pitch Awards named him “Best Actor” for his work as The Stage Manager in Our Town.

Scott Cox is a Missouri native who began acting professionally at 14. He is an actor, playwright, and dramaturge currently teaching and studying at the University of Kansas. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, before getting his BA in Theatre at Missouri State University. He received his MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at UMKC, and is currently working towards his PhD at KU.  He spent two seasons touring with The Coterie's Once Upon a Treasure Trunk and has served as a teaching artist since 2004.

Lacy Thompson Coyle is a teaching artist, director, teacher and playwright. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2007 with a BA in Theatre and also holds a MA in Education through Avila University. Lacy has been coaching, directing, choreographing, and designing productions for middle and high school theatre for five years. In her free time, she loves to explore improvisational acting, write one-act scripts, and do yoga. 

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