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 just closed Sister Act: The Musical at New Dinner Theatre Restaurant. He was last seen at The Coterie in A Charlie Brown Christmas. He has also appeared in other Coterie shows such as: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Tomás and The Library Lady, The Miracle Worker, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. You may have also seen Tony in The Who’s Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar at Musical Theatre Heritage, Evita at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, West Side Story at Spinning Tree Theatre, and A Soldier's Play at The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. Tony graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre.
Mariah Roady is thrilled to join the Coterie’s slew of fantastic teaching artists. Mariah serves as a year round Teaching Artist for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She teaches Shakespeare Conservatory and Team Shakespeare every weekend in addition to her full time role with the Festival, Development and Marketing Associate. Previously, Mariah served as Peer Education Coordinator at SafeHome where she directed a theatre-based educational program on teen dating violence and sexual assault.
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.
Erdin Schultz-Bever is an actor and teaching artist in KC and Lawrence. A recent graduate from University of Evansville, in Indiana, with her degree in Theatre Performance, she has performed with Fishtank Theatre on projects including Belfast Girls and Dry Land, and worked with the Unicorn Theatre as a Literary Intern and Production Assistant. In addition to teaching with The Coterie, Erdin has also taught with the Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas City Young Audiences, and Raintree Montessori School. She has trained in with SITI Company and Anne Bogart in Viewpoints and Suzuki movement for theatre, and completed a residency with Cornerstone Theatre Company on their community-engaged production of Ghost Town, in Venice, CA.
Judy Simmons made her Coterie stage debut in Tomas and the Library Lady, after serving as a teaching artist for a variety of The Coterie's acting classes, including Welcome To Musical Theatre, Advanced Musical Theatre, Acting Techniques, and Audition Lab. Other recent productions include Between The Lines and Sunday in the Park with George at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Chruch Basement Ladies and Church Basement Ladies, A Second Helping at Chestnut Fine Arts Center, The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre, and her solo show P.S. I Love You Sondheim at Quality Hill Playhouse. She has been a cabaret performer, actress, and teacher in Washington, DC, for over 25 years. Judy taught at American and Catholic unversities and enjoyed directing numerous cabarets for local artists. She directed musicals at Montgomery College, Catholic University, and other groups. Judy was also fortunate to have coached many high school students for their college entrance auditions.
Karen Slagle is a Kansas City native who recently moved back to the KC area after living on Cape Cod, MA, where she taught special education and third grade for 30+ years. She holds a B.S.Ed in Elementary/Special Education from University of Central Missouri, and a M.A.Ed in Language & Literacy from Simmons College, Boston, MA. Karen founded the Falcon Theatre Company, a 4th-8th grade theatre program in 2002, in Sandwich, MA, with the desire to encourage young people to get involved in youth drama. Her productions incude Annie, Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Enchanted Sleeping Beauty, High School Musical: On Stage, Pocahontas, Seussical, Jr., and The Little Mermaid, Jr. to name a few! Karen also writes Readers Theatre scripts, teaches Readers Theatre classes, and directs both adult and children's Readers Theatre productions.
Anna May Smith is a teaching artist, comedian, writer and actress. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theatre Performance and a love for comedy. She is a member of the professional cast at ComedyCity, and has been performing short and long form improv, musical and sketch comedy there since 2011. Through ComedyCity, she was able to start coaching with Operation: Show! A non-profit organization that teaches improv comedy to high school students, while raising money for their drama and forensics departments.