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.
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.
Jon Dalton hails originally from Southern California, then New York City, and now here in the KC area with his wife and two beautiful daughters. Some of his favorite roles: Bernard in Arcadia, Gately in Pvt. Wars, Antonio in The Tempest, Wilson in Terra Nova, Matamore in The Illusion, Larry in Closer, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Gooper in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Big Jule in Guys and Dolls, and Major General Stanley in The Pirantes of Penzance. He holds a MFA in acting from University of California, Irvine, currently teaches Beginning and Intermediate Acting and Theatre Appreciation at Metropolitan Community College at Maple Woods, and also directs their productions.
Shawna Downing is a graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications. She has worked as a teaching artist with Kansas City Young Audiences and various youth centered organizations in Kansas City. Her stage work at The Coterie includes The Wiz, the Dramatic Health Education Project, and the Young Playwrights Festival. She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.
Alex Espy works almost exclusively in the world of Theatre For Young Audiences, as an actor, writer, director, producer, and designer. He has created original theatre productions for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, including an environmental production of Alice in Wonderland in their renowned sculpture park. In winter of 2013, Alex was fortunate to narrate and perform Peter and the Wolf for the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ray Ettinger has worked with The Coterie Theatre for many years. He appeared on The Coterie stage in such shows as The Seven Dwarfs, Wind in the Willows, and 101 Dalmatians. He also taught the Musical Theater Skills class for several years. He has played the piano for School House Rock, Live and other shows, and accompanies Coterie musical classes.
Adrienne Fleming is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Kansas, working on a Master of Arts in Theatre Studies. Her area of research includes Theatre for Young Audiences as it relates to body image and self-perception. Adrienne first discovered her love of leading young people through the journey of theatre while working for the Hays Arts Council in Hays, Kansas. As an actress, her favorite past roles include Hecuba in The Trojan Women and Olga Leonardova Knipper in Checkhov in Yalta. In her spare time, Adrienne serves as the Christian Education Director at the Burlington United Methodist Church.
Joseph Fournier debuted at The Coterie in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Joseph has a MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Schoolcraft College, and a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Previously, Joseph has also been seen in Harvey at Kansas Repertory Theatre, Gunplay at Fishtank Performance Studio, and Stones in His Pockets at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Lydia Fuqua recently completed her Master of Arts in Theatre and Community at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, she gained extensive experience in theatre for social change, human rights theatre, and devising and playmaking. She has worked with The Theatre Offensive's True Colors Youth Troupe, Company One Theatre, and Boston Children's Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Fort Hays State University where she was an actor, director, stage manager, and teaching artist.