Sarah Mattie is a middle school theatre teacher in Olathe, KS. She has an undergraduate degree in Stage Management from K-State and a Master's in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston. She has taught both Language Arts and Theatre in public and private schools, while also directing the performances for her departments. In her years at The Coterie, she has had a specific focus on classes involving literature and television, like Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

D'Andre McKenzie made his Coterie debut in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Previous credits include No Sex Please, We’re British with Olathe Civic Theatre Association and Parade at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. D’Andre is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Communications and English and a minor in Theatre.

Trish Neuteboom is a Lawrence resident and teaches Drama and Communications at Southwest Middle School. In addition to the classes, she runs the theatre program and stays actively involved in theatre in her community and Kansas City. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, Trish returned to Kansas and earned her Masters in Teaching at Baker University. Trish stays actively involved in theare for youth and completed work on the writing committee to revise the Kansas State Standards for Theatre. Along with teaching and directing, Trish enjoys being on the stage as well as working wtih learners of all ages.

 Allison Nissley graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance. Understanding the importance of being a well-rounded theatre artist, Allison has had technical theatre experience in scenic construction and sound design, as well as her emphases: directing and performance coaching.

Andy Perkins earned his BFA in Acting and Directing from Avila University and his MFA in Acting from Purdue University. He is excited about making his debut on The Coterie stage in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude. In the past he has assisted as a house manager, and been a teaching artist.

Emali Price is a professional actress and teaching artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance. In past years, Emali worked as a children's theatre instructor for the Springfield Little Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. She also developed and taught after-school drama classes for Springfield's SPARC program. In addition to The Coterie, Emali also instructs summer theatre camps for The Barstow School of Kansas City.

Tony Pulford has been seen in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2014 and 2016), Tomás and The Library Lady, The Miracle Worker, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Recently, he has performed with the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City in A Soldier’s PlayMusical Theatre Heritage in The Who’s Tommy and Jesus Christ SuperstarKansas City Repertory Theatre in Evita, and Spinning Tree Theatre in West Side Story. Tony graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre. When he is not on stage he is either getting his groove thang on upstairs at Empire Dance Academy or just playing hours and hours of board games with his family.

Lindsay Roland is a local actor with performance credits all over the Kansas City metro. She's a Nebraska native who graduated from Emporia State University with a BFA in Theatre in 2010. While Lindsay is passionate about theatre, she also enjoys cooking and playing with her dog. Lindsay hopes to forge a career balanced equally between artistry and education here in Kansas City.


Lisa Miller Ross has received her Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in English at Truman State University. She loves teaching for The Coterie, especially the Exploratory Theatre classes for kindergarten through second graders. In the past she has taught “Folktales and Animal Stories: Act the Stories”, focusing on local folktales with animal main characters; “Commotion in the Ocean”, focusing on sea creatures; and “Stories to Bug You”, the companion class to The Coterie musical U:BUG:ME.

Matthew Schmidli is a local AEA Actor, Director, Playwright and Professorial Director of the Theatre Program at Rockhurst University. He received his MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Matthew has worked across the country in film, television and theatre, but is a proud member of the Kansas City artistic community, a city where he was born and raised.