Katherine Gehrlein is a certified theatre educator and graduate student at UMKC where she studies stage management. She received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Education from William Jewell College in 2011. The theatre bug bit Katherine in high school, and she has yet to be cured. Katherine looks forward to working with Coterie students of all ages and continuing her career in theatre in the Kansas City area.
Nicole Marie Greenberg made her Coterie premiere in Afflicted, Daughters of Salem. Most recently, she was seen in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Her previous credits include UMKC Theatre’s productions of Almost, Maine, directed by John Rensenhouse; Big Love, performed on the Copaken Stage; and King Lear, as part of The Discovery Project. Nicole is a native of Nyack, NY, and has earned her MFA in acting at UMKC.
Taylor Harvey earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. She frequently teaches at the Kansas Thespian Conference, as well as in various regional workshops. Around Kansas City, she has performed with Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in conjunction with the Kansas City Symphony. She recently moved to NYC, where she made her Off-Broadway debut last summer at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre.
Jill Hemann is thrilled to be working with The Coterie and has been involved in children's theatre throughout the United States before moving to Kansas City. She has previously been seen in the national tour of The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe). She has also been seen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), Phantom (Carlotta), The Lovely Liebowitz Sisters (LaVonne) in Atlantic City, Nunsense (Amnesia), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig - National Tour), and The Pirates of Penzance (Major General) among other productions. Jill holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and also holds a Master's degree in Music from Webster University.
Nora Hennessy recently completed her BFA in Musical Theatre at Missouri State University where she appeared as Serena in Legally Blonde: The Musical and in the ensembles of Pippin and Hair. She also toured with Missouri State’s children’s theatre troupe, the In-School Players. She has performed at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, MO and Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon. She has worked with young performers all across the state with TRYPS Theatre Institute at Stephens College, Summer Expeditions at Columbia College, and the Maples Rep Education Program. Her wildest dream is to have her own show on PBS Kids!
Meghann Henry is a director, educator, and arts administrator focused on creating innovative theatre for young audiences (TYA). She holds an MFA in TYA from the University of Central Florida where her research focused on devising non-verbal movement-based theatre for 2-5-year-olds. As an artist she has worked with many companies locally and nationally including: The Coterie, Kansas City Young Audiences, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Orlando REP, Curious Theatre, Denver Children's Theatre, and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Throughout her career, she has
Becca Hudgins originally hails from the Land of Enchantment in Albuquerque, NM, and went to school at Stephen's College in Columbia, MO earning her BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in acting. New to Kansas City, she is excited for all the wonderful artistic opportunities the city has to offer and is honored to be a part of The Coterie's teaching artist family.
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 theatre under the direction of Robert Westenberg. In her spare time she loves to dance, sing, bake and crochet.
Erin Ivanov is a teaching artist, performer, and director who graduated from Missouri State University in 2004 with a BA in Theatre and Communication and an emphasis in Children’s Theatre. She was involved in the theatre from a very young age performing in church plays and then plays and musicals in high school and college. In college, she was the leader for a traveling drama ministry group and was also a part of a children’s storytelling troupe. Her biggest theatre passion lies in directing and teaching.
Michael James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After discovering his love for teaching, Michael shifted his focus from technical theatre to children's theatre, teaching both dance and theatre classes. He has worked as a musical theatre director, choreographer, stage manager, and production assistant in several Kansas City locations including The Coterie, The Culture House, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association.