Brian Gehrlein is very honored to be teaching for The Coterie Theatre. In the Fall of 2011, Brian had his Coterie debut performance as Johnny in The Outsiders. He is a 2010 William Jewell graduate with a BA in Theatre Education. When he isn’t acting, teaching, talking about ideas, drinking coffee, or spending time with his beautiful wife Katherine (fellow theatre teacher!) he enjoys writing plays, short stories, and blogs. He looks forward to any and all work with The Coterie Theatre, and is very grateful to be teaching students with such a hunger to learn.
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 is currently a graduate acting student at UMKC.
Margaret Hanzlick earned her B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas. She worked for Missoula Children’s Theatre, directing children and performing with them across the country. Margaret couldn’t be more excited to share her love of theatre through teaching at The Coterie.
Robert Flaherty Hart has acted in more than 75 theatre productions, including All the Way and Amadeus (TheatreSquared), Much Ado About Nothing (Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park) and Art (ArkansasStaged). He has also appeared in the feature films Your Local News, Neopolitan and the Man in the Trunk, as well as several television commercials. He has directed for Arkansas Arts Academy (Oklahoma!, The Diary of Anne Frank) and Emporia State University (The Dinner Party). His original play Poor Relations has been produced in both Norhtwest Arkansas and the Kansas City area. Bob holds MFAs in Acting and Playwriting from the University of Arkansas.
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.
Arlene Henry earned her B.A in Theatre from Indiana State University. Arlene has been in theatre since she was two years old. She loves directing, acting, playwriting, and theatre administration. She hopes to open up her own theatre for special needs adult and children. Arlene has been apart of community theatre for over twenty years. She interned with Chicago Children's Theatre for Camp Red Kite, and absolutely loved it. In her free-time, she loves to watch "Friends" over....and over.
Elizabeth Brendel Horn is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Theatre for Young Audiences program at University of Central Florida. Previously, Elizabeth served six years as Artistic Director of the Timber Creek Thespians, where she directed Metamorphoses, Doubt, Oedipus Rex, Elektra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Servant of Two Masters, Rabbit Hole, Urinetown, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, and Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, Elizabeth mentored over twenty student-directed productions during her tenure.
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 theater under the direction of Robert Westenberg. In her spare time she loves to dance, sing, bake and crochet.