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.
Michael made his Coterie debut with And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . His past productions include Buyer and Cellar at Unicorn Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Freedom Rider at UMKC Theatre. Michael received his BA in theatre from the University of Maine, and is currently a third year MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Andrew Thompson's Coterie experience includes being involved with the Coterie Master Class. Previous stage experience includes Guys & Dolls at Blue Valley High School, Damn Yankees with Theater in the Park and Fiddler On the Roof with Leawood Stage Company. This fall he attends The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.
Hannah Thompson is already a veteran Coterie artist, having been in productions like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Lyle the Crocodile and Coterie Master Classes. Other stage credits include Beauty and the Beast at Liberty North High School and Anne of Green Gables at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Hannah also is apart of the N.F.L. (National Forensics League).
Rafael Toribio made his Coterie stage debut as Keokuk in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Rafael returned after having worked as the set designer for We Shall Not Be Moved, and helped work on Hana’s Suitcase as a paintcharge. He also is looking forward to serving as set designer on Jack and the Bean Mágico later this season. Rafael is a current MFA Graduate candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his BA from San José State University.
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!
Bradley Alan Turner’s Coterie credits include The Wiz, Once Upon a Mattress and All of Us. Other past performances include Ruined at Unicorn Theatre, Drums in the Night at UMKC Theatre, and Anansi the Spider and The Middle Passage and Black Cowboy in the Old West for Theatre for Young America. Bradley is a graduate of the UMKC theatre program.
Jacob Valle has been seen in multiple productions at The Coterie including Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium-The Musical, No Talking and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Jacob has recently been seen in Crazy for You with Garland Summer Musicals, Les Misérables at Collin College, and Measure for Measure at Drury University, where he attended college. Jacob now uses his education to teach acting and direct musicals
Tara Varney is an actor, singer, director, playwright, producer, and the head of the Theatre department at Kansas City Academy (grades 6-12). Some favorite roles include Carrie's mother in Egads Theatre's Carrie the Musical, Agnes in I Do! I Do!, Percy in Spitfire Grill, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa. She has written and directed shows each year for the Kansas City Fringe Festival since 2008, including KHAAAAAN! The Musical, the original opera Red Death, and Voyage to Voyager. Tara is the recipent of an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, had a four-month-long experimental exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and has been a Dickens Caroler for over a decade. Tara has been a teaching artist for The Coterie since 2007.