Jason Coats is a career educator and artist born and raised in the Kansas City area. He has performed in and directed for theaters all over the metro area, including The Coterie’s joint performance of the regional premiere of Newsies with the White Theatre. He had the honor of serving as Education Director for The Barn Players Theatre for 12 years, developing and overseeing all of their youth programming. With an MA in education from UMKC, he has taught theatre and other content areas for the last 20 years in the Kansas City, Kansas, and Shawnee Mission school districts, with experience in grades K-12. He has also performed with the Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, for 13 years, and Jason is excited to join the directing staff for The Coterie’s Project Pride this year.