Ai Vy Bui makes her Coterie debut in The Miracle Worker and will return again later in the season for A Charlie Brown Christmas. Previously, she appeared in Lovesick during the 2015 Fringe Festival, The Butcher’s Son for Vi Tran at The Buffalo Room, Avenue Q at The Barn Players, and M. Butterfly at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Ai Vy is a native of Kansas City and studied theatre at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Cam Burns was seen at The Coterie in the orginal cast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, as well as The Coterie’s performance camp production of Bugsy Malone, Jr. Other credits include Chainsaw: The Musical and Eurydice at The Living Room Theatre and 13 The Musical with The Barn Players.
Melody Butler has been a Teaching Artist at The Coterie and Starlight Theatre since 2009. She is also one of the Master Acting Teachers and has worked in the Education, Marketing, and Front of House departments at The Coterie. She has taught theatre and dance for a collective eleven years and loves it more every day. She hopes not only to inspire those she meets but to be inspired by them as well.
Ellyn Calvert is a recent Kansas State University graduate where she studied theatre. Her degree is a BS in Theatre with an emphasis in performance however, she also minored in biology. She is a stage and film actor and is very excited to be sharing the wonders of Theatre with the next generation.
Raes Calvert first came to The Coterie starring as Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a show that has taken him across North America. Raes is born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he runs a theatre company, Hardline Productions. He is a recipient of a Jessie Richardson theatre award and is a graduate of Studio 58’s theatre training program at Langara College.
Elise Campagna made her Coterie stage debut in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, after previously serving as a Coterie teaching artist. Past acting credits include Luciano for Me! in the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival, Jane Eyre with the Barn Players, and Vincent in Brixton with Mettropolitan Ensemble Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where she earned her BA in Theatre Performance and English
Elena Stephenson Campbell is native to Kansas City and well versed in performing, directing, educating, filmmaking, and stage managing. She holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Abilene Christian University. She has studied literature at Oxford University and film at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. In 2015 she received her MA in Educational Theatre at New York University.
Linda A. Carson made her Cotere debut in Where The Wild Things Are. She is a graduate of Vancouver’s Studio 58, has been a professional actor and writer for 25 years. She has acted in theatres across Canada and written several plays, including Dying to Be Thin (Jessie Award), Mom’s The Word (co-wrote, Jesse Award), George And Martha (Adapted from James Marshal) and Jack and the Beanstalk (YPT).