Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with degrees in Theatre and Psychology. She is currently is a Masters student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she also teaches introductory theatre classes. Elizabeth is a Teaching Artist throughout the Metro and also loves to direct. In her free time she loves to paint and travel.
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.
Trang Bui earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin, where she developed a love for children's theatre. Her favorite role was as Lily in Lily Plants a Garden. Aside from theatre and working with children, Trang enjoys baking sweet treats, hosting dinner parties, and taking naps with her cat, Izzy.
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
Stephanie Charlton has been involved in the arts ever since she could walk. She studied theater performance at Johnson County Community College under the guidance of Beate Pettigrew and Sheila Philip, and has been performing locally and nationally for the past 11 years with such companies as the Seem to Be Players (American Tall Tales Natl. Tour), the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (The Who’s TOMMY, Ragtime), The Mystery Train and Theater for Young America (Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears), to name a few.
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.