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.
Rebecca Dahl graduated from California State University Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a directing emphasis. As well as filling the shoes of a teaching artist for The Coterie, she is a board member for the Bell Road Barn Players. She has worn many hats over the years including actor, set designer, costume designer, casting and director. She loves teaching, directing, singing, kids, cats and dogs. Someday she says she is going to grow up but not right now.
Michael DeCoursey is a Kansas City based actor, teacher, and theatre practitioner. He has performed in theatre productions and workshops around the country from New York to San Francisco and Kansas City to Dallas. Some of his favorite roles include The Nine Who Dared: Courage In Little Rock (here at The Coterie), Finian's Rainbow (Spinning Tree Theatre), Into the Woods (PFAMily Arts), and South Pacific (Garland Summer Musicals). In 2017, Michael graduated from the Summer Training Congress at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University. He is also an accomplished commercial actor and has appeared in spots for major corporations such as Sprint, Cerner, and Tropicana. As a teacher, Michael has staffed public schools throughout the metropolitan area and teaches acting classes privately. He specializes in teaching actors to eliminate performance anxiety in actors of all ages, teaching his methods to young actors at the Kansas Thespian Festival and Jr. Festival in Wichita and he's taken his workshop to Upstate New York as well.
Shawna Peña-Downing is a 2012 graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications. She continuously works as a professional actor and teaching artist with various youth-centered organizations in Kansas City. Shawna has been seen on many Kansas City stages including The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theater, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre for Young America, and KC MeltingPot Theatre. Shawna loves to spend her time, energy, and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating, and giving back. She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.
Aaron Ellis made his debut as fifteen year-old Martin Luther King Jr. in The Coterie World Premiere of Becoming Martin. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, the production was Aaron’s first at The Coterie and in Kansas City. Other credits include The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins at The Rose Theater, and Heathers with Bluebarn Theatre.
Bailey Ellis first stepped onto the stage when she was 11 years old and never looked back. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre and Marketing. Bailey has worked with multiple theatres in Kansas City and is a company puppeteer for StoneLion Puppets. When she isn’t teaching at The Coterie, Bailey works as a local Makeup Artist. Bailey has fallen in love with KC and enjoys finding new coffee shops, going to markets, and walking her dog around the beautiful parks with her husband.
Jazlyn Epps is extremely excited to join The Coterie's teaching artist program! She was most recently seen on The Coterie stage in Puffs and is currently involved in The Coterie's STD/HIV prevention program. Jazlyn recently earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Avila University where she was seen as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown.
Ray Ettinger has worked with The Coterie Theatre for many years. He appeared on The Coterie stage in such shows as The Seven Dwarfs, Wind in the Willows, and 101 Dalmatians. He also taught the Musical Theater Skills class for several years. He has played the piano for School House Rock, Live and other shows, and accompanies Coterie musical classes.
Brad Foster is an accompanist and Musical Director with more than 25 years of experience. His local credits include accompanying productions such as Mary Poppins, Pippin,and The Sound of Music with Liberty Public Schools, working as a Teaching Artist for Take-A-Bow and Stars of Tomorrow summer camps with Starlight Theater, playing keyboard in the Blue Star Awards ceremony band, and most recently, acting as Musical Director and Pit Director/Musician for Starlight Express with Spinning Tree Theater. He is excited to be joining The Coterie family
Joseph Fournier debuted at The Coterie in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Joseph has a MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Schoolcraft College, and a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Previously, Joseph has also been seen in Harvey at Kansas Repertory Theatre, Gunplay at Fishtank Performance Studio, and Stones in His Pockets at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.