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.
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.
Taylor St. John moved to Kansas City after graduating from Indiana University with degrees in theatre and theatre education. He has appeared in All My Sons (Chris) and Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Bingley) with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and Titus (Lucius) at The Living Room. He has directed The Amish Project and The Four of Us with the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Taylor has held positions as a teaching artist and instructor for Barrington Stage Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Bloomington Playright's Project, Liberty Public Schools, and has been a director for The Coterie's Young Playwrights' Festival.
Elena Stephenson Campbell is native to Kansas City and well versed in performing, directing, educating, filmmaking, and stage managing. She holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Abilene Christian University. She has studied literature at Oxford University and film at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. In 2015 she received her MA in Educational Theatre at New York University.
Kristopher Stoker’s stage credits include The Spiritualist, The 39 Steps, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, and My Father’s War (Theatresquared); An Ideal Husband, Othello, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Seagull, Twelfth Night (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Love Song, Gertrude Stein Plays Paris, and Picasso At The Lapin Agile (ArkansasStaged). Film credits include: In Sickness and In Health and Paranoia. Kristopher studied improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade in NY.
Brittany Strelluf earned a Bachelor's degree in theatre and a Master's degree in education at Avila University in Kansas City. She is also a certified speech and theatre instructor in Missouri. Before teaching at The Coterie she was an adjunct professor at Avila University in the Intensive Language and Culture program. She recently served on a Teaching Advisory Board for The Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art.
Elizabeth Sullivan is a second year M.F.A. student in the Theatre for Youth program at Arizona State University. She is a community-based artist, teaching artist and director. Elizabeth hails from Lawrence, Kansas where she spent time touring nationally as an actor with The Seem-To-Be Players.
Kristen Janell Sullivan earned her BA in Music from Harding University and her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Sullivan has traveled throughout the world and country performing choral music, musicals, operas and plays and teaches a private voice studio in Lee's Summit. She is excited to be making her Directing debut this coming December with Summit Theatre Group's Gifts of the Magi. www.kristenjanellsullivan.com