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.
Sean Klippel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Northern Iowa. Sean's love and passion for the youth theatre world derives from working with a wide range of young people, specifically focusing on work with youth on the autism spectrum. Sean has most recently been working in collaboration with Autism Speaks, researching the positive outcomes process drama has on social skill development among youth on the spectrum.
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.
Sarah Mattie is an educator and professional stage manager who received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Kansas State University. She worked with a variety of Kansas City theatre companies before heading to the East Coast to get her Master's in Theatre Education from Emerson College. For the past few years she has worked with elementary and high school drama students in Boston, and taught middle school drama in Virginia. Sarah is excited to bring her passion for theatre education back to her hometown of Kansas City!