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 MartinThe 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.

Scott Cox is a Missouri native who began acting professionally at 14. He currently acts, writes, directs, and produces in addition to serving as the Chair of Theatre & Dance at Benedictine College. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, before getting his BA in Theatre at Missouri State University. He received his MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at UMKC, and completed his PhD at KU.  He spent two seasons touring with The Coterie's Once Upon a Treasure Trunk and has served as a teaching artist since 2004.

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. 

Lacy Cunningham is a teaching artist, director, teacher, and playwright. Lacy can be seen facilitating and coordinating arts programming for The Coterie and Kansas City Young Audiences. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2007 with a BA in Theatre and also holds a MA in Education through Avila University. Lacy has been coaching, directing, choreographing, and designing productions for middle and high school theatre for years; her greatest passion is to hep develop a creative spark in youth of all ages. In her free time, she loves to explore improvisational acting, write one-act scripts, and do yoga.

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. 

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