Erin Merritt is an award-winning director, actor, and teacher relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied, taught, and performed with the California, San Francisco, and Carmel Shakespeare Festivals, and Massachusetts’ Shakespeare & Company before forming the all-female Shakespeare company Woman’s Will. In twelve seasons there, Ms. Merritt directed 13 full productions, including two “Top Ten Shows of the Year”.
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.
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.
Zachary Parker first worked with The Coterie education program assisting with camps in Summer 2011. He then left for Chicago and did a 9-month school tour of Schoolhouse Rock Live! as a Resident Artist and Theatre/Voice Instructor for Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL. Zac came back to rejoin the cast of Carousel for the remount of the Living Room's production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
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.