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.
Joseph Fournier debuted at The Coterie in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Joseph has a MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Schoolcraft College, and a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Previously, Joseph has also been seen in Harvey at Kansas Repertory Theatre, Gunplay at Fishtank Performance Studio, and Stones in His Pockets at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Andy Garrison returns to The Coterie stage in Hana's Suitcase, after having performed in The Secret Garden, Most Valuable Player, A Woman Called Truth, and BFG. Local credits include The Freak Up the Street and Voyage to Voyager at the K.C. Fringe Festival, and Annie Get Your Gun and Guys and Dolls with Musical Theater Heritage. Andy received his BA in Theatre from Baker University and his MFA in Acting and Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Enjoli Gavin makes her return to The Coterie where her professional theater career began 5yrs ago! Last time you saw her she was getting flushed down a giant toilet in The Wiz! Enjoli was most recently seen in You Can’t Take It With You and Hairspray at New Theatre. Other local credits include Bloody Mary in South Pacific (MTH), Bud, Not Buddy, Shrek the Musical (World Premier), Once Upon a Mattress, James and the Giant Peach, and Seussical (Coterie Theatre).
Brian Gehrlein is very honored to be teaching for The Coterie Theatre. In the Fall of 2011, Brian had his Coterie debut performance as Johnny in The Outsiders. He is a 2010 William Jewell graduate with a BA in Theatre Education. When he isn’t acting, teaching, talking about ideas, drinking coffee, or spending time with his beautiful wife Katherine (fellow theatre teacher!) he enjoys writing plays, short stories, and blogs. He looks forward to any and all work with The Coterie Theatre, and is very grateful to be teaching students with such a hunger to learn.
Jake Golliher made his coterie debut in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, and was an actor in The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. He holds a BFA in Acting from Webster University. Other credits include The Cranky Cabaret at Joria Studios in New York City and Ego at Hofstra University. When not on stage, he can be found yo-yo-ing, gun twirling, beat-boxing, whistling, and guitar-strumming.
Nicole Marie Greenberg made her Coterie premiere in Afflicted, Daughters of Salem. Most recently, she was seen in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Her previous credits include UMKC Theatre’s productions of Almost, Maine, directed by John Rensenhouse; Big Love, performed on the Copaken Stage; and King Lear, as part of The Discovery Project. Nicole is a native of Nyack, NY, and is currently a graduate acting student at UMKC.
Jill Hemann is thrilled to be working with The Coterie and has been involved in children's theatre throughout the United States before moving to Kansas City. She has previously been seen in the national tour of The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe). She has also been seen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), Phantom (Carlotta), The Lovely Liebowitz Sisters (LaVonne) in Atlantic City, Nunsense (Amnesia), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig - National Tour), and The Pirates of Penzance (Major General) among other productions. Jill holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and also holds a Master's degree in Music from Webster University.