Bethany Vermillion is a playwright, actress, director, costume designer, and teacher who just graduated with a BA in Theatre from Southwest Baptist University. Bethany has worked as a teaching assistant at the Starlight Theatre and an intern for Kansas City Young Audiences. During college, Bethany worked as the costume shop supervisor for her theatre, and designed costumes for four shows including Inventing Van Gogh and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also acted in several shows, including the title role in Medea, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. After being chosen as a student director, Bethany directed SBU’s production of Wit. Her original play, For Such a Time as This, was a regional semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2018, and premiered on the SBU stage in April 2019. Outside of college productions, Bethany wrote, produced, and starred in a modern-literary web series adaptation of Little Women called The Attic Series. This fall, Bethany will continue pursuing her education through the Arts Leadership in Management Master’s program with Wichita State University.
Jessica Wagner has earned her master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas and her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and is a certified music teacher in Missouri for students K-12. She has enjoyed performing in operas, musicals, and concerts on stages both locally and internationally. She cannot wait to be able to share her love of music and theatre with the students at The Coterie this summer!
Vincent Wagner has been seen at The Coterie as Schroeder in both of the sold-out runs of A Charlie Brown Christmas. He made his debut many years ago as Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Cynthia Levin, and as a youhg actor also worked at the KC Rep and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Vincent has also appeared in Equus at The Living Room, Romeo & Juliet at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Inspecting Carol and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical at Unicorn Theatre. For the KC Fringe Festival, he has been seen in DADA is Dead, Long Live DADA! (which he also co-wrote). He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in New York City, and recently completed his MFA in Acting & Directing at UMKC, where he has taught classes both as a graduate teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor. Vincent's work with The Coterie includes teaching classes for many different age levels and working as a Teaching Artist for the recent productions of And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns, The Nine Who Dared and We Shall Not Be Moved.
Grant Wayman is a teaching artist, facilitator, and performer who recently received his MFA in Theatre for Youth and Communities at Arizona State University. Grant's interests include devising original work with and for young people as well as arts and culture-based community development. As part of Grant's thesis project, he devised Mr. Dave's Treasure Chest, an imaginative solo performance that offers young children, ages 3-5, a unique and hands-on theatrical experience exploring interactive play, empathy, and imagination. While in Arizona, Grant worked with the young artists of Rising Youth Theatre to devise The Kid's Table, an original production in grown up conversations. He performed and facilitated in Sojurn Theatre's The Race, a movement-based and interactive performance held on the campus of Arizona State University during the election of 2016. While at ASU, Grant worked on a partnership with the city of Phoenix to create a Youth Arts and Cultural Council comprised of teen artists that created arts advocacy programming including a devised performance that advocated at Phoenix city budget hearings for greater arts funding. Grant is excited to be back in Kansas City and create with young artists in the area.
Lindsay Weaver is a local actor with performance credits all over the Kansas City metro. She's a Nebraska native who graduated from Emporia State University with a BFA in Theatre in 2010. While Lindsay is passionate about theatre, she also enjoys cooking and playing with her dog. Lindsay hopes to forge a career balanced equally between artistry and education here in Kansas City.
Brittany Welch is a performer, teaching artist, writer, deviser, and voiceover artist in Kansas City. She earned her Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Samford University. She has toured at The Coterie and in Kansas City schools performing in Mobile Moliere. She also has toured four summers across the southeast region as an actor, emcee, and production director with YM360, performing spoken word, improv, sketches, and teaching workshops to middle and high school students. She has also been a part of multiple new work Theatre for Youth workshops, and performed in TYA festivals at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Brittany has a love for theatre education and empowering young people to share and listen through theatre. Previous Theatre for Youth productions include Peter and the Starcatcher, Mobile Moliere, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Jungle Book, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind.
Chase Wheaton-Werle is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the University of Tulsa where he also worked as Teaching Assistant for the Musical Theatre Performance course. In the year since his graduation, Chase has enjoyed performing in Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Peterborough, New Hampshire; and several locations in the New England area. As an actor, Chase's top favorite roles have included Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, and Matt in Altar Boyz. As a theatre educator, Chase's credits include Theatre Education Intern with Starlight Theatre, Assistant Director in a number of productions with Music Theatre Kansas City, and Actor/Educator with Children's Stage Adventures. Chase is very excited to be back in Kansas City and to help young artists hone their crafts!
Jessica Whitfield earned her BFA in Theatre from Drake University where she was an Irene Ryan nominee. She has trained locally with Richard Alan Nichols, Andy Garrison, and Heather Laird. She loves being a part of unique plays that make audiences think and feel. She has previously been in Striking Beauty and Beginnings from an End with KC Fringe Festival. She was on The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes on The Oxygen Network, and she is in Container Masters on episodes 5 and 9 on Tubi. She was in KC Melting Pot’s productions of Barbecue and Secrets & Lies. She has directed The Entertainer for Open Spaces and a children’s production of The Wizard of Zoz at OCTA. She is also a playwright and has had plays produced with The Barn Players, City Theatre of Independence, KC Public Theatre, and Potluck Productions.
R.H. Wilhoit made his Coterie debut as Pigpen in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since then, he’s returned to the Coterie stage in Puffs and the revival of Electric Poe. He is a graduate of Drury University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, and now makes Kansas City his home. Professionally, he’s been seen on many stages in town, appearing in Milking Christmas at The Living Room, The Play That Goes Wrong at New Theatre and Restaurant, Every Brilliant Thing at Spinning Tree Theatre, and Shakespeare In Love at Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival. When he’s not performing or teaching, R.H. is busy as an active founding member of The Confluence Theatre Company, producing experimental works.
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!