Scott Cox is a Missouri native who began acting professionally at 14. He currently acts, writes, directs, and produces in addition to serving as the Chair of Theatre & Dance at Benedictine College. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, before getting his BA in Theatre at Missouri State University. He received his MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at UMKC, and completed his PhD at KU. He spent two seasons touring with The Coterie's Once Upon a Treasure Trunk and has served as a teaching artist since 2004.
Lacy Thompson Coyle is a teaching artist, director, teacher, and playwright. Lacy can be seen facilitating and coordinating arts programming for The Coterie and Kansas City Young Audiences. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2007 with a BA in Theatre and also holds a MA in Education through Avila University. Lacy has been coaching, directing, choreographing, and designing productions for middle and high school theatre for years; her greatest passion is to hep develop a creative spark in youth of all ages. I her free time, she loves to explore improvisational acting, write one-act scripts, and do yoga.
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.
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. www.jacobaaroncullum.com.
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 is a Kansas City based actor, teacher, and theatre practitioner. He has performed in theatre productions and workshops around the country from New York to San Francisco and Kansas City to Dallas. Some of his favorite roles include The Nine Who Dared: Courage In Little Rock (here at The Coterie), Finian's Rainbow (Spinning Tree Theatre), Into the Woods (PFAMily Arts), and South Pacific (Garland Summer Musicals). In 2017, Michael graduated from the Summer Training Congress at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University. He is also an accomplished commercial actor and has appeared in spots for major corporations such as Sprint, Cerner, and Tropicana. As a teacher, Michael has staffed public schools throughout the metropolitan area and teaches acting classes privately. He specializes in teaching actors to eliminate performance anxiety in actors of all ages, teaching his methods to young actors at the Kansas Thespian Festival and Jr. Festival in Wichita and he's taken his workshop to Upstate New York as well.
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.