Ric Averill is a freelance director, playwright, teacher, screenwriter, actor, composer, music director, keyboard player, and conductor. Ric retired as Artistic Director, Emeritus, of the Lawrence Arts Center, the organization tha supported his artistic life for 16 years and allowed him to tour the country (37 states with his Seem-To-Be Players) and produce professional and educational theatre (including the award winning Summer Youth Theatre program, which he co-founded with actress wife, Jeanne). Averill has been commissioned by The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, First Stage Miliwaukee, and San Diego State University's Theater of the World Festival to write plays and operas. The body of Ric's work may be found at Dramatic Publisshing. Ric's most recent work, Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe; A Grotesque Arabesque, an opera with modern dance, rock instrumentation, and digital scneery, premiered at the Lawrence Arts Center in October of 2015.
Allison Banks returns to The Coterie where she has appeared in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Science Fiction Triple Feature, Shrek the Musical, A Bird of Prey (in the KC Fringe Fesival), and as a member of The Coterie’s Acting Master and Comedy Master classes. Other credits include A Little Night Music and 13 The Musical at
Christopher Barksdale became a student and then professional dancer at Kansas City Ballet where he celebrated 21 seasons. He returns to The Coterie where he has appeared in Once On This Island and The Wiz. Christopher has also appeared at several local theaters including Unicorn Theatre (La Cage aux Folles), Starlight Theatre, Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas City, and with the Kansas City Symphony (The Music Man).
Justin Barron returns to The Coterie stage after having played Fireball in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (2014). His current credits include Hamlet with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Man In Love at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, and How To Use A Knife at Unicorn Theatre. He is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri where he studied Musical Theatre.
Jake Bartley made his Coterie stage debut with Lyle the Crocodile and returned in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. He is also a Coterie Acting Master class student. His other recent credits include West Side Story and 13 The Musical with Spinning Tree Theatre, and Cabaret with The Theatre in the Park. Jake is currently a Junior at Olathe Northwest High School.
Patrick Beasley made his Coterie debut in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, after appearing in Phantom at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, La Cage aux Folles with Cape Reperatory Theatre, and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly at Musical Theatre Heritage. Patrick is a graduate from University of South Dakota with a BFA in Musical Theatre (Magna Cum Laude).
Amy Billroth-Maclurg made her Coterie debut as Mom in the The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Amy’s local credits include Stupid F***ing Bird at Unicorn Theatre, King Lear with Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Right Between The Ears at the 2017 KC Fringe Festival. Currently, she is pursuing a MFA in Acting and Directing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Logan Black is no stranger to The Coterie. You may have seen him in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, working on The Young Playwrights' Festival, as military consultant for Red Badge Variations, or voicing the role of Rev. Paris in Afflicted: Daughters of Salem. Logan's other credits include Our Town at Kansas City Rep and Blithe Spirit at Okoboji Summer Festival. Logan has an MFA from UMKC and is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Rachel Bland has been in love with theatre all of her life. New to Kansas City, Rachel is excited to join the talented team at Coterie Theatre while serving as the graduate assistant at the University of Central Missouri where she is earning her MA in theatre. Before making her way to Missouri, Rachel taught high school theatre, served as a teaching artist for various children's theatres, and acted her way across Arkansas for six years. She is a proud Texan native and holds a BFA in theatre performance from Ouachita Baptist University.