Jacob Houghton has made his debut with the Coterie in the production, Lyle the Crocodile. Although he has been taking acting classes with the Coterie for several years. In addition to his recent participation in the theatre, some of Jacob's past credits include Grumpy Old Sheppard and Santa's Coming to Town.
Becca Hudgins originally hails from the Land of Enchantment in Albuquerque, NM and went to school at Stephen's College in Columbia, MO earning her BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in acting. New to Kansas City, she is excited for all the wonderful artistic opportunities the city has to offer and is honored to be a part of The Coterie's teaching artist family.
Laura Jane Irwin-Henrickson has been an actress every since she can remember. She has taken classes in just about every aspect of theater you can imagine, from Shakespeare to Sword Fighting, and from Mime to Meisner. She graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO with an Bachelors in theater under the direction of Robert Westenberg. In her spare time she loves to dance, sing, bake and crochet.
Maya Loren Jackson made her Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Previously, she appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at Unicorn Theatre and The Learned Ladies at UMKC Theatre. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland and is currently a MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Michael James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After discovering his love for teaching, Michael shifted his focus from technical theatre to children's theatre, teaching both dance and theatre classes. He has worked as a musical theatre director, choreographer, stage manager, and production assistant in several Kansas City locations including The Coterie, The Culture House, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association.
Jessica Jensen is a teaching artist with The Coterie and appears on stage in Afflicted. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Rep and Big Love! and Burnt
by the Sun at UMKC Theatre. Jessica is a native of La Porte, IN, and is currently a 3rd year MFA student at UMKC.
Gary Neal Johnson made his debut on The Coterie’s stage in Tuck Everlasting. He has been seen in dozens of productions around Kansas City including, most recently, A Lie of the Mind at Kansas City Actors Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun and A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, where he has performed in 106 productions since 1982. He has also performed at Spinning Tree Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, New Theatre Restaurant, and Starlight Theatre, as well as at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago), A.C.T.
Hailey Jones is an extremely active force in the Kansas City theatre community. She is a graduate of the Professional Training program in Physical and Ensemble Theatre with Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA and received her BA in theatre from UMKC. As an actor, creator, director, producer, teacher, clown, poet, she stays busy continually reaching out to inspire the world through theatre arts. Her mission is to continually create theatre that not just works, but lives and breathes. Her childhood motto was, "Be your own star, twinkle your own light."
Seth M. Jones makes his Coterie debut in Schoolhouse Rock Live! Other local credits include Romeo and Juliet at The Met, Carrie: The Musical at Egads Theatre, and Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre. He also appeared in a children’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was in third grade, and even though he admits to having played Demetrius “terribly,” it got him completely hooked on theatre. Offstage, Seth is a painter and visual artist.
Sara Carolynn Kennedy made her Coterie debut in To Whom It May Inspire [in poetry, stories and song]. She is a graduate of The University of Kansas, holding a theatre performance degree. Other previous stage credits include The Addams Family at New Theatre Restaurant, Motherfreakinghood at Moonshine Variety Co., and Guys & Dolls at Musical Theater Heritage.