R.H. Wilhoit made his Coterie debut as Pigpen in A Charlie Brown Christmas after having been seen in Bed Play at The Living Room, Hamlet at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Theatre for Young America. Hollis returned to The Coterie stage after playing a remarkable number of roles in PUFFS or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Hollis is also a troupe member of The Coterie's Dramatic STD/HIV Project. He most recently performed to acclaim in the one-person show Every Brilliant Thing at Spinning Tree, Milking Christmas, at The Living Room, and The Little Prince with Mesner Puppet Theatre. He received his BA in Theatre at Drury University. In his spare time he enjoys writing, cartooning, and playing the piano.
Justen Willhite is a teaching artist, teacher, and playwright. He graduated from Ball State University in 2021 with a BS in Theatre Education, and is the Theatre Director for Antioch Middle School at North Kansas City Schools. Justen has also directed and assistant-directed productions for Ball State's mainstage season, the Burris Laboratory School, and throughout Liberty Public Schools. In his free time, Justen loves exploring stories through tabletop roleplaying games and writing plays!
Shelley Wyche has happily served as a Coterie Teaching Artist since 2003. Her classes have ranged from fairy tales with six year-olds to directing teenagers in Coterie performance camps. Shelley recently earned her Master's degree in Applied Theatre at University of London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has made theatre with children across the UK and South Africa. A professional actress, her Kansas City roles include Romeo and Juliet, The Giver, Our Town, Spring Awakening, Vincent in Brixton, and Amadaeus. As a child, Shelley got her brothers to act out stories with her by agreeing to play flag football first. She still throws a mean spiral, but she'll tell you that theatre is way more fun.