Jamie Campbell is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and actor. As a comedian, his solo performances have garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. A veteran of over 30 comedy and Fringe festivals, his performances have earned numerous accolades including "Best of Fringe" honors in Kansas City and Tucson, "Best Stand-up or Variety Performance" by San Antonio's Bexar Stage, and Chicago's "Best Stand-Up Comedian" by The Chicago Reader. His album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts.
Christopher Jon Carlson is a Kansas City-based actor and teaching artist. He has trained with theatre industry professionals in New York and London and worked with Tony Award-winning directors and creatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with Honors, a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communication, and an Honors College Certificate from the University of Missouri. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Recent regional credits include Ragtime, Rhinoceros, and Shakespeare In Love at the Asolo Rep. He has toured Florida performing Shakespeare in schools and facilitating talkback conversations with students through the Asolo New Stages initiative. Kansas City performance credits include Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at The Coterie Theatre and Lysistrata Jones, Godspell, and Carrie The Musical with Egads! Theatre Company. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Theresa Chambers was born and raised in Lincoln, NE, and in 2022 relocated to Kansas City. She received her BA in Theatre Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University, focusing on Musical Theatre and Directing. When not performing onstage themself, Theresa has enjoyed working both as a director and as a teaching artist. She has created work with several theaters nationwide such as Nebraska Wesleyan, Shining Stars Kansas City, and the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and is excited to work with The Coterie.
Amanda Clark is an actor, theatre educator, choreographer, and director. She holds a BA in Acting Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a MFA in Acting Performance from Louisiana State University. Amanda loves theatre education and has a passion for passing on the love of acting to the next generation of storytellers.
Darrington Clark returns to The Coterie stage in We Shall Not Be Moved - The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. He was last seen at The Coterie as Odie in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude and Madagascar- A Musical Adventure as Kowalski the penguin. Other theatre credits include Hospital Ghost in Ghost the Musical with Circa 21 and Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad at Children’s Theater of Madison. Darrington was a student of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude director Jerry Jay Cranford at K-State University.
Kali Coates is a teaching artist, performer, and director new to the Kansas City area. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance in 2018. Understanding the importance of being a well-rounded theatre artist, Kali has had experience with technical theatre focusing on stage management and props design, as well as directing and performance coaching. Some of her favorite roles as a performer have been in touring productions for elementary schools: Fishing for a Change, Impawssible Pals, and In Search of Sunshine.
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.
Christi Coffey holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State. She is a professional actress who has performed at The MET, Egads!, and The Living Room. She taught preschool for many years which is where she found her love of teaching children. Christi was a full time nanny for 5 years, until recently when she decided to involve herself in more teaching opportunities.
Walter Coppage has performed on The Coterie stage for over 25 years since My Children! My Africa! in 1993, also performing in Becoming Martin, The Miracle Worker, James and The Giant Peach, Our Town, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Giver, Valley Song, Frankenstein, and Green Eggs and Ham. He has also appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Spinning Tree Theatre. His work in feature films includes: All Creatures Here Below, In The Wake Of Ire, Goodland, Jayhawkers, Destination: Planet Negro, The Profit, The Only Good Indian, If Night Comes and Last Ounce Of Courage. His TV credits include: Detroiters (Comedy Central), Chicago Med (NBC), Gone In The Night (CBS), The Only Witness (Lifetime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), 12 Days of Giving (UP TV), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), Truman (HBO). He has also directed productions for Kansas City Actors Theatre (The Island), Spinning Tree Theatre (Black Pearl Sings), and The Coterie (Hana’s Suitcase). Upcoming: A Christmas Carol and Pride And Prejudice at KC Rep.
Coleman Crenshaw is an actor, a teacher, and sometimes a clown. Coleman has appeared onstage at the Coterie in Bridge to Teribithia and Number the Stars as well as other local theatres including: The MET, The Fishtank, TYA, The Living Room, and others. He holds a BA in Theatre from Sterling College and an MFA in Performance and Society from Rhode Island College. When not teaching little ones, he impersonates Harpo Marx occasionally appearing at parties and corporate events with his brothers.