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 Play, Musical Theatre Heritage in The Who’s Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar, Kansas 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.
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 uses theatre to foster connection, self-discovery, community, empowerment, joy and play. She is a recent transplant to Kansas City from Indiana who graduated from University of Evansville with her degree in Theatre Performance. She has trained in Viewpoints, Suzuki movement and devised theatre composition with the SITI Theatre Company and Anne Bogart.
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 Auditon Lab. Other recent productions include Sunday in the Park with George at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Chruch Basement Ladies at Chestnut Fine Arts Center, and The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre. 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.
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.
Bailey Rose Steinke first stepped onto the stage when she was 11 years old and never looked back. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre and Marketing. Collegiate credits include Next to Normal, Two Rooms, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She in Kansas City she was seen in Defying Gravity at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.