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!

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 is currently a student at Northwest Missouri State University working toward her 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 at The Coterie in Tomas and the Library Lady, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Miracle Worker, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, as well as the Dramatic Health Education Project. He has previously appeared in Evita at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, West Side Story at Spinning Tree Theatre, and Jesus Christ Superstar at Musical Theater Heritage. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre. Offstage, Tony loves spending time with his family, playing hours and hours of cards and holding private dance recitals in his living room.

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 actor, director and playwright. He received his MFA in Acting from Purdue University and his BA in Performance from UMKC. At Purdue University he taught Acting for majors and non-majors, Playwriting for actors, Voice for the actor and Theatre Appreciation. Matthew has worked across the country from film & television in Los Angeles, to performing at the Arkansas Shakespeare  Theatre. He most recently worked as a television host for "Boiler Bytes" on the Big 10 Network. 

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