Jerry Jay Cranford will make his Coterie debut with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Previous credits include Big River at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Les Miserables and Shrek with MUNY of St. Louis. Also he was part of the Broadway and national tour of Les Miserables. Jerry moved from LA to Brookside area in 2007 and currently is a professor at Kansas State University.  


Coleman Crenshaw is an actor, a teacher, and sometimes a clown. Coleman has appeared onstage at the Coterie in Bridge to Teribithia and Number the Stars as well as other local theatres including: The MET, The Fishtank, TYA, The Living Room, and others.  He holds a BA in Theatre from Sterling College and an MFA in Performance and Society from Rhode Island College.  When not teaching little ones, he impersonates Harpo Marx occasionally appearing at parties and corporate events with his brothers. 

Jacob Aaron Cullum appeared on stage at The Coterie in Number the Stars. Other credits include The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant, Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre, Bare: a Pop Opera at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Unicorn Theatre. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys song writing, making funny movies, drinking coffee & playing FIFA 2K12.

Rebecca Dahl graduated from California State University Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a directing emphasis. As well as filling the shoes of a teaching artist for The Coterie, she is a board member for the Bell Road Barn Players. She has worn many hats over the years including actor, set designer, costume designer, casting and director. She loves teaching, directing, singing, kids, cats and dogs. Someday she says she is going to grow up but not right now.


Nehemiah Deason is a graduate of Fort Osage High School, and has been seen at The Coterie in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical as well as Shrek the Musical. He is a Coterie Master Class student and has been seen in two showcases. Nehemiah appeared in The Sound of Music at Starlight, Creepy Creeps of Pilgrim Road at Children’s Performing Arts Theatre, and High School Musical and Little Women at Fort Osage High School.

Michael DeCoursey made his Coterie debut with The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock. He has previously been seen in Happy Birthday Boris at Texas Christian University Theatre, South Pacific at Garland Summer Musicals, and Into The Woods with PFAMily Arts Theatre. Michael is a native of Leawood, KS, and has a BFA degree in Theater from Texas Christian University.

Jordan DeLeon started at The Coterie with the production of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Jordan also takes acting classes at The Coterie as well as dance at Miller Marley. He was recently seen in Aladdin at Miller Marley, Peter Pan at Trilogy Cultural Arts Center, and Children of Eden at Theatre in the Park. Jordan spends his free time singing, dancing, performing… and especially, eating!

 Brittany DeMars has made her first debut on the Coterie stage in Lyle the Crocodile and has taken several classes at The Coterie. Recent credits include Johnson County, The Musical, Blondes vs. Brunettes and Shopping The Musical at Theatre of the Imagination. Brittany will be a freshman at Shawnee Mission South High School.

And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858] marked Mariem Diaz’s Coterie debut. Previously, she appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Playat Unicorn Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Freedom Rider at UMKC Theatre. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and Political Science at Gettysburg College and is currently a MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Nedra Dixon re-creates her role in The Wiz at The Coterie, where she also previously directed Once On This Island. In addition to the honor of performing at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden, she has received critical acclaim as a “triple threat performer,” director, and choreographer in numerous venues on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, and regional theaters. She’s played roles as varied as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar to the ditzy gun moll, Erma, in Anything Goes.