Laura Jane Irwin-Henrickson has been an actress every since she can remember. She has taken classes in just about every aspect of theater you can imagine, from Shakespeare to Sword Fighting, and from Mime to Meisner. She graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO with an Bachelors in theater under the direction of Robert Westenberg. In her spare time she loves to dance, sing, bake and crochet.
Hailey Jones is an extremely active force in the Kansas City theatre community. She is a graduate ensemble based physical theatre from Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA and received her BA in theatre from UMKC. As an actor, creator, director, producer, teacher, clown, poet, she stays busy continually reaching out to inspire the world through theatre arts. Her mission is to continually create theatre that not just works, but lives and breathes. Her childhood motto was, "Be your own star, twinkle your own light."
Ellen Kirk is a Kansas City native currently teaching preschool at Clay Platte Montessori. In addition to being fortunate enough to teach for the Coterie she also spent all summer teaching Camp Shakespeare with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Ellen is an actor and improviser around town playing on any stage that will allow her to do so. She graduated from Cornell College with a focus in Theater and Gender Studies in 2008. Once a full time nanny, Ellen found that being a Teaching Artist was the perfect mesh of all the things she loves most.
Whitney Klass graduated from William Jewell College in 2013 with a BA in Speech and Theatre Education and began her career at Cristo Rey Kansas City high school as the Theatre, Speech, and Debate Director. During her three years there, she directed multiple plays and one musical in addition to creating and utilizing lesson plans for the classroom. Subsequently, she went back to school and earned her MA from UMKC in Theatre History and Dramaturgy in 2017.
Chase Knueven is a summer Intern and couldn’t be more excited! Chase has just finished his first year at Nebraska Wesleyan University, majoring in Acting (BFA). At school he has taken part in productions of South Pacific and The Zimmer Girls. He has been a student of the Coterie’s Master Acting Class and Showcase. Chase is excited to be part of the Coterie team and can’t wait to get to work with everyone!
Stephanie Laaker is an actor and teacher raised in the Kansas City metro. She recently graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a BFA in theatre performance and has also taught with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Kansas City Young Audiences. She is so excited to be joining the Coterie team this year! She loves finding new ways to engage and learn with every student.
Sarah Mae Lamar is a native of Kansas City, with degrees in Vocal performance and Theater Education from Mid America Nazarene University and Kansas State University. She has performed in and produced musical theater all over Kansas City for the past seven years. Some of her local professional credits include shows at Starlight, Musical Theater Heritage, Quality Hill Playhouse, and The New Dinner Theater. Sarah also spent a year singing at a dinner theatre in Aspen, Colorado, and a summer with the Lyceum theatre in Arrowrock, Missouri.
Katie Lee is excited to be a part of The Coterie family. She is a 2010 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where she received degrees in Speech/Theatre and English Education. For the past few years, Katie has been teaching Speech and English to high school students, as well as working as a teaching artist in the Kansas City Area (The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Starlight Theater).
Bob Linebarger's past Coterie experience includes the Young Playwrights Festival, The Presidents tour, and as a teaching artist. Bob’s other productions include Fat Pig at Living Room, The Legend of Tex, which toured around South America and Mexico, and Death of Cupid with Living Room. Bob received a BA in theatre from Baker University.
Nancy Marcy retired from her position as Education Director at the Coterie in 2009 but continues to teach their Master Acting classes and Reaching the Write Minds playwriting workshops. A professional actor, Nancy has performed with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Okoboji Summer Theatre, and Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse (QHP), Missouri Repertory Theatre (now Kansas City Rep), Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (MET), and The Coterie.