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 returned after being in the original cast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018) and an actor in The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/ HIV. He holds a BFA in Acting from Webster University. Other credits include Songs for a New World at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Bare: A Pop Opera at New Line Theatre.
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 has earned her MFA in acting 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.
Nora Hennessy recently completed her BFA in Musical Theatre at Missouri State University where she appeared as Serena in Legally Blonde: The Musical and in the ensembles of Pippin and Hair. She also toured with Missouri State’s children’s theatre troupe, the In-School Players. She has performed at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, MO and Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon. She has worked with young performers all across the state with TRYPS Theatre Institute at Stephens College, Summer Expeditions at Columbia College, and the Maples Rep Education Program. Her wildest dream is to have her own show on PBS Kids!
Dakota Hoar's previous Coterie credits include Seussical, and The Witches. Most recent theatre experience is Hairspray at Theatre in the Park. Dakota is from Lenexa, Kansas and dances at Miller Marley.
Scott “Rex” Hobart is the Coterie's Resident Technical Director. Scott was introduced to theatre as a child thanks to his mother who took him and his sister to plays. His formal theatrical acting and composing debut was in Night of the Living Dead (2007 and 2008). Between art school and working odd jobs that allowed him time off to go on the road with his bands, he developed his visual art talent and learned tools and materials. In Buffalo, NY, Scott jumped at the chance to help build a set for the Buffalo Children’s Theatre.