Rachel Taylor earned her BA in Theatre from Missouri State University, and her Masters in Education from Avila University. She has performed with Starlight Theatre, Eubank Productions/Egads!, and various regional and community theatres. She has also dabbled in voiceover and commercial work. For the past few years Rachel has spent more time behind the scenes. She has taught/directed/choreographed for Christian Youth Theatre, St. James Academy, Grandview High School, Lee’s Summit West High School, and Summit Theatre Group.
Teddy Trice hopes he “can work in this business till he’s old and gray.” His past Coterie performances include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lyle the Crocodile, and The Wiz. Other recent credits include The Island with Kansas City Actors Theatre, The Brothers Size with Unicorn Theatre, and Lucky Stuff with Ozark Actors Theatre. Teddy is a graduate of Drury University where he received his BA in Theatre. He is a die hard Chiefs fan and he enjoys watching KU Men’s Basketball: Rock Chalk!
Tara Varney is an actor, singer, director, and playwright. Most recently, she portrayed Carrie’s mother in Egads Theatre’s Carrie the Musical. Other favorite roles have been Agnes in I Do! I Do!, Percy in Spitfire Grill, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Kathy and/or Mo in The Kathy and Mo Show, and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa. She has co-written and directed a play at the Kansas City Fringe Festival every year since 2008, and each has been one of the top ten best-attended plays for its year.
Jessica Wagner has earned her master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas and her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and is a certified music teacher in Missouri for students K-12. She has enjoyed performing in operas, musicals, and concerts on stages both locally and internationally. She cannot wait to be able to share her love of music and theatre with the students at The Coterie this summer!
Vincent Wagner made his debut on The Coterie stage 17 years ago as Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and recently performed the role of Schroeder in the sold-out run of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Vincent has also appeard in Equus at The Living Room, Romeo & Juliet at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Big Love (among many others) at UMKC Theatre.
Grant Wayman is an actor and teaching artist with a BFA in Theatre from Avila University. He has worked at various theatres in the Kansas City area as well as after school programs and elementary schools in the community.
Chase Wheaton-Werle is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the University of Tulsa where he also worked as Teaching Assistant for the Musical Theatre Performance course. In the year since his graduation, Chase has enjoyed performing in Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Peterborough, New Hampshire; and several locations in the New England area. As an actor, Chase's top favorite roles have included Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, and Matt in Altar Boyz.
Shelley Wycne has happily served as a Coterie Teaching Artist since 2003. Her classes have ranged from fairy tales with six year-olds to directing teenagers in Coterie performance camps. Shelley has also taught for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. A professional actress, her Kansas City roles include Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Ben Franklin's Apprentice, The Giver, Our Town, and Spring Awakening. One of her favorite collaborations has been The Coterie's annual Young Playwrights' Festival - serving as a performer, she has had the opportunity to work with some of the area's most creative and clever high schoolers.