Matthew Koehler is a teaching artist, lifelong thespian, and believer in the value of artistic expression. Forged in the Omaha youth theatre scene, he went on to earn a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in acting from Kansas City's Avila University. Matthew has worked at many theaters around town, both on and off stage. Previous credits include Young Frankenstein at The White Theatre, Band Geeks with Faust Theatre, and the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Growing up in the arts taught Matthew that the lessons of theatre are inherently bound to the skills it takes to cultivate a full and forthright life. He uses this mindset - along with heaping loads of creative energy - to help inspire his students to grow both as actors and as people (and have some fun along the way).
Melissa E. Koerner's past Coterie Theatre shows include Zeus on the Loose Touring Production, Lyle the Crocodile. Other productions are The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines and White Sangria at MeltingPot KC. For five years she was also an Entertainment Manager, Fireworks Manager and Special Event Manager for Walt Disney World Entertainment. She would like to give special thanks to Jeff and Bill for welcoming her back to The Coterie for this production. To her new husband Joel - I couldn't do any of this without your support, I love you mucho!
Missy Koonce has been featured in various productions at The Coterie including; Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Very First Family, Lyle the Crocodile, Pipi Longstocking, Schoolhouse Rock Live I and II, Free to Be, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I and II, and Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing. Missy is the Co-Director for the Coterie's production, Lyle the Crocodile.
Stephanie Laaker is a teaching artist and actor happily residing in the Kansas City metro. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Universtiy of Central Missouri, and is so grateful to be working in her hometown! In addition to The Coterie, some of the orgainziations Stephanie has taught with are Heart of American Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Barn Players. Stephanie loves teaching Shakespeare and language, and also loves exploring new ways to communiate and create with her students.
Sarah LaBarr was excited to make her Coterie debut in Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium- The Musical, after her brother Cameron LaBarr performed on stage in Seussical. Local credits include Christmas in Song at Quality Hill Playhouse, and Eugene Onegin and The Pirates of Penzance with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Ron Lackey has appeared at The Coterie in The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018), Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Bud, Not Buddy. Other local credits include Cats, A Spectacular Christmas, and Jesus Christ Superstar at Musical Theater Heritage.
Sarah Mae Lamar is a native of Kansas City, with degrees in Vocal performance and Theater Education from Mid America Nazarene University and Kansas State University. She has performed in and produced musical theater all over Kansas City for the past seven years. Some of her local professional credits include shows at Starlight, Musical Theater Heritage, Quality Hill Playhouse, and The New Dinner Theater. Sarah also spent a year singing at a dinner theatre in Aspen, Colorado, and a summer with the Lyceum theatre in Arrowrock, Missouri.
Heather Michele Lawler made her Coterie debut as Deirdre in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Other credits include Stupid F***ing Bird at Unicorn Theatre, King Lear with Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Sense and Sensibility with C and P Productions. Heather is a MFA Acting student at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
Josh makes his Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Recently, he was seen in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Pericles at UMKC Theatre. Josh received his BS in Theatre at Eastern Oregon University and is now a MFA student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Acting and Directing.
Katie Lee is a proud K.C. native, teaching artist, director, and stage manager. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BSEd in Speech, Theatre, and English. She taught high school for a while before heading to the University of Central Missouri where she received her MA in Theatre with an emphasis in history and criticism. Katie has been teaching theatre to Kansas City's youth for nearly a decade and has directed several children's shows in the area. In her free time, Katie can be found painting or exploring the Kansas City arts and food scenes with her husband and son.