Shawna Downing is a graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications. She has worked as a teaching artist with Kansas City Young Audiences and various youth centered organizations in Kansas City. Her stage work at The Coterie includes The Wiz, the Dramatic Health Education Project, and the Young Playwrights Festival. She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.
Anthony Edwards returns to The Coterie after having served as music director for Lyle the Crocodile, Shrek the Musical, Spring Awakening, Once Upon a Mattress, and Lucky Duck. Nationally, Anthony has been the music director for theatres across the country including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where he performed for four years in Always…Patsy Cline.
Alisha Espinosa got her jump start on the stage when her seventh grade teacher Mrs. Hensel cast her in Bye, Bye Birdie, her first production. Alisha has also been seen at The Coterie in To Whom it May Inspire, and Afflicted, Daughters of Salem. Past performances include Pericles at UMKC Theatre, Our Town with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Echoes of Octavia for KCMelting Pot. Alisha’s hometown is Canadensis, PA, and she is a MFA Acting student at UMKC.
Ray Ettinger has worked with The Coterie Theatre for many years. He appeared on The Coterie stage in such shows as The Seven Dwarfs, Wind in the Willows, and 101 Dalmatians. He also taught the Musical Theater Skills class for several years. He has played the piano for School House Rock, Live and other shows, and accompanies Coterie musical classes.
Steven Eubank returns to The Coterie for his thirteenth production, after enjoying last summer as Skipper in Madagascar- A Musical Adventure.
José Faus marked his first Coterie production in Tomas and The Library Lady. He was recently seen in Wiccans in the Hood on the Unicorn’s stage during during the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Originally from Colombia, José recieved his degrees in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and creative writing/ journalism from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. To see more of José’s work, visit his website at www.caridostudio.com.
Zach Faust has been seen in Coterie productions such as No Talking and Hana’s Suitcase. His local credits include Evil Dead The Musical with Egads! Theatre, Shrek the Musical with Gladstone Theatre in the Park, and Kiss Me, Kate at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Zach is a graduate of Winnetonka High School. In his spare time, Zach enjoys script writing as well as directing with his own company, Faust Theatre.
Daniel Fleming marked his Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . His past performances include A Christmas Carol with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Unicorn Theatre, and The Learned Ladies at UMKC Theatre, where he received his BA and is now a third year MFA Acting student.
Shelby Floyd returns to The Coterie for Schoolhouse Rock Live! after previously appearing in Seussical the Musical and Spring Awakening. Other local credits include Tell Me on a Sunday at Egads Theatre, Hello, Dolly at Musical Theatre Heritage, and Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre.
Eboni Fondren makes her Coterie debut in Bud, Not Buddy. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Hairspray at the New Theatre Restaurant. Eboni is a professional jazz singer with her group “Eboni and the Ivories.” She graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in Business Communication.