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 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. Originally a native of Dallas, TX, he now calls Lee’s Summit home.
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.
Francisco Javier Villegas has appeared in numerous Coterie productions including Tomás and The Library Lady, A Year with Frog and Toad; Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The Wiz; Red Badge Variations; The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – The Musical; Lucky Duck; U:BUG:Me; Once On This Island; A Separate Peace; and Twice Upon a Time: The Lorax & The Emperor’s New Clot
Caroline Vuchetich made her Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Previously, she appeared in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Freedom Rider at UMKC Theatre. Caroline is a native of Kansas City and is currently working towards her MFA at University of Missouri-Kansas City after earning her BFA at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
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!