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, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Bud, Not Buddy.
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.
Matt Leonard returns to the Coterie stage where he has appeared in numerous Young Playwrights' Festivals, The Outsiders, and The Breakfast Club-Live Mondays!. Since 2009, he has also been a member of The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. Other credits include The Death of Cupid at The Living Room and The Kentucky Cycle at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Matthew is a graduate of Truman High School and holds a BA in Theatre Performance from MU.