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 has served as a Coterie Master Acting Teacher and has worked in the Education, Marketing, and Front of House departments. She has taught theatre and dance for a over a decade and loves it more every day. Melody is proud to also direct for The Coterie's summer program. She hopes not only to inspire those she meets but to be inspired by them as well.
Elise Campagna is an Indiana native with a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Indianapolis. Elise has been on several stages in Kansas City, including The Coterie's, where she played Clarice in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical! Other local credits include Antigone (title role) and Vincent in Brixton at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Jayne Eyre and The Crucible with The Barn Players. Ths summer she looks forward to playing Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical at Prohibition Hall. In addition to acting and teaching, Elise is also an artist, published writer, and costumer designer. Her most recent costuming project was as co-design for Urinetown with The Barn Players. During the day, Elise works at The Museum at Prairiefire doing informal educational programming in their interactive children's exhibit.
Emma Carter is a playwright, actress, and teaching artist who holds a BFA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Music from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Emma teaches drama classes to all ages, is a peer educator in the Dramatic Health Education Project, and leads Reaching the Write Minds playwriting workshops for The Coterie, is a year-round cast member of the Dinner Detective Kansas City, and a member of the Midwest Dramatists. She was recently selected to attend the William Inge New Play Lab as both a playwright and an actress. She'll head to New York this summer for a staged reading of her play Wicked Creatures as a part of the Harold Clurman Division First Breath New Play Reading Series at the Stella Adler Studio for Acting. Spellbound, a new musical collaboration between Emma and her composer, Krista Pojman, received a staged reading at The Living Room Theater as a part of their 2018 Writer's Den Series.
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 Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., Kansas City Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, KC Actors Theatre, Spinning Tree Theatre, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Past roles include: Gabriel in Fences; MLK in The Mountaintop; Dr. Copeland in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter; the Stage Manager in Our Town; Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol; Rev. Peters in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime; Rat in Welcome To Fear City; Polonius in Hamlet; Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus; and Harmond Wilks in Radio Golf. Director’s credits include: Spinning Tree Theatre’s Black Pearl Sings, Athol Fugard’s The Island at KC Actors Theatre, and Hana’s Suitcase at The Coterie.
Walter also appears in feature film including: All Creatures Here Below, Goodland, In The Wake Of Ire, The Profit, Jayhawkers, Destination: Planet Negro, The Only Good Indian, Suspension, and Last Ounce of Courage. His TV credits include: Chicago Med (NBC season 3), Gone In The Night (CBS mini series), The Only Witness (Lifetime), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), and Truman (HBO).
Upcoming: Guest star on season 2 of Comedy Central’s Detroiters and NBC’s Chicago Med, A Christmas Carol and Pride And Prejudice at KC Rep.
Scott Cox is a Missouri native who began acting professionally at 14. He currently acts, writes, directs, and produces in addition to serving as the Chair of Theatre & Dance at Benedictine College. 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 completed 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.
Rebecca Dahl graduated from California State University Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a directing emphasis. As well as filling the shoes of a teaching artist for The Coterie, she is a board member for the Bell Road Barn Players. She has worn many hats over the years including actor, set designer, costume designer, casting and director. She loves teaching, directing, singing, kids, cats and dogs. Someday she says she is going to grow up but not right now.
Michael DeCoursey is a Kansas City based actor, teacher, and theatre practitioner. He has performed in theatre productions and workshops around the country from New York to San Francisco and Kansas City to Dallas. Some of his favorite roles include The Nine Who Dared: Courage In Little Rock (here at The Coterie), Finian's Rainbow (Spinning Tree Theatre), Into the Woods (PFAMily Arts), and South Pacific (Garland Summer Musicals). In 2017, Michael graduated from the Summer Training Congress at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University. He is also an accomplished commercial actor and has appeared in spots for major corporations such as Sprint, Cerner, and Tropicana. As a teacher, Michael has staffed public schools throughout the metropolitan area and teaches acting classes privately. He specializes in teaching actors to eliminate performance anxiety in actors of all ages, teaching his methods to young actors at the Kansas Thespian Festival and Jr. Festival in Wichita and he's taken his workshop to Upstate New York as well.. Currently Michael is directing a show for the Kansas City Fringe Festival Beautiful Butterflies.