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 in numerous shows on The Coterie stage such as Night of the Living Dead; The Happy Elf; Sideways Stories from Wayside School; Our Town; Atypical Boy; Little House on the Prairie; Young Playwrights’ Festival; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Bud, Not Buddy; School House Rock; Lyle the Crocodile; Slashdance; Children of the
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 returned to The Coterie in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical after making her Coterie stage debut during the 2016 run. She has also served as a Coterie teaching artist as well as a peer educator for The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/ HIV. Past credits include Evil Dead with Padget Productions, The Crucible with The Barn Players, and Antigone at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. She has a degree from the University of Indianapolis in Theatre and Creative Writing. In her spare time she enjoys writing, watercoloring, teaching, and playing the ukulele.
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.
Darrington Clark returns to The Coterie stage in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. He was last seen at The Coterie as Odie in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude and Madagascar- A Musical Adventure as Kowalski the penguin. Other theatre credits include Hospital Ghost in Ghost the Musical with Circa 21 and Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad at Children’s Theater of Madison. Darrington was a student of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude director Jerry Jay Cranford at K-State University.
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 on The Coterie stage for over 25 years since My Children! My Africa! in 1993, also performing in Becoming Martin, The Miracle Worker, James and The Giant Peach, Our Town, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Giver, Valley Song, Frankenstein, and Green Eggs and Ham. He has also appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The St.
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.