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.
Rachel Cain made the move to Kansas City in 2006 from Michigan, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in performance. She was a transplant to Michigan, however, from her home in Cape Girardeau, MO., where she also earned BX degree in Speech and Theatre Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Since making the move to Kansas City, she has been lucky enough to perform and teach for many area theaters including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She also spent two years as an instructor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where she had the opportunity to create such courses as Period Styles and Voice and Movement while directing productions and spearheading original productions. Rachel was thrilled to join the Pembroke Hill community in 2010. She teaches performing arts courses (Theatre Arts, Acting, Advanced Scene Study, Repertory Theatre, and Elements of Theatrical Design) in the upper school. She also directs the fall play, spring musical, and serves as faculty sponsor for the Pembroke Hill International Thespian Society troupe.
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.
Lacy Thompson Coyle is a teaching artist, director, teacher, and playwright. Lacy can be seen facilitating and coordinating arts programming for The Coterie and Kansas City Young Audiences. 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 years; her greatest passion is to hep develop a creative spark in youth of all ages. I her free time, she loves to explore improvisational acting, write one-act scripts, and do yoga.