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 an actor, singer, songwriter, and teaching artist who first stepped on stage when she was 9 years old and never looked back. Jazlyn is a graduate of Avila University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. When she is not on stage performing or doing concerts of her own catalog, she is somewhere spending time with her Pomeranian Eazy, drinking coffee, reading, or singing karaoke. Jazlyn is extremely passionate about sharing her love for the arts to all ages and educating others on mental health awareness. Jazlyn is anxious to make her mark here in Kansas City on the stage and in classrooms.
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.
Andrea Fantauzzi is an actor (SAG-AFTRA), producer, director, writer and teaching artist. She is a graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, The Second City, and is the owner and founder of the production company Fanta-Zee, LLC.
Her professional debut came at the age of 12 in The Wizard of Oz at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. Having originated multiple roles, she's most well-known for originating Teen Fiona/Peter Pan in the Theatre for Young Audiences version of Shrek the Musical at The Coterie and Ann – 18 in And Other Fairy Tales premiering in New York. Kansas City knows Andrea best for her work as Susan Pevensie in Narnia the Musical presented by Starlight Theatre and performed at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
In 2014, she received critical acclaim for her title performance in the coming of age drama Adira, which was selected by Project Greenlight in 2014 as one of the top 200 Indie Films in the United States. Fantauzzi is also notable for her work in Quality of Life sharing the screen with Kim Rhodes (Supernatural; The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) along with her upcoming series regular role of Sarah Ellington in the dystopian drama, Black Zone.
Her directorial debut came with her very well received film Letters from a Father, which premiered at the Kansas International Film Festival back in 2017. Shortly after, Andrea became a multi-award winning director with dozens of awards and nominations in various categories. She began her production career at 19, with the creation of the Custom Reel Division of Breakthrough Reels, with her colleague Chris Bylsma, where she performed as a Co-Director along with being Lead Writer. She later worked on Season 4 of both NBC’s The Blacklist and FXX’s The Americans while attending The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Other shows include: NBC’s The Voice and MTV’s Broke A$$ Game Show.
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.
Jordan Fox is a proud resident of Kansas City, professional actor, director, and teacher. He graduated from Greenville College (now Greenville University) in 2007 with a BA in Communication: Theatre and a Music minor. After graduation, Jordan studied with George Cron (A Class Act Studios in Springfield, MO) and focused those studies into a professional acting career which began in 2008. He is a life-long learner and has found a renewed drive in working with children, starting with his work as a puppeteer with StoneLion Puppet Theatre in 2013, and continuing to this day as an Educator at Science City, where he has worked for over two years. Jordan has been a teaching artist with The Coterie since 2018.
Brian Gehrlein is very honored to be teaching for The Coterie Theatre. In the Fall of 2011, Brian had his Coterie debut performance as Johnny in The Outsiders. He is a 2010 William Jewell graduate with a BA in Theatre Education. When he isn’t acting, teaching, talking about ideas, drinking coffee, or spending time with his beautiful wife Katherine (fellow theatre teacher!) he enjoys writing plays, short stories, and blogs. He looks forward to any and all work with The Coterie Theatre, and is very grateful to be teaching students with such a hunger to learn.
Katherine Gehrlein is a certified theatre educator and graduate student at UMKC where she studies stage management. She received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Education from William Jewell College in 2011. The theatre bug bit Katherine in high school, and she has yet to be cured. Katherine looks forward to working with Coterie students of all ages and continuing her career in theatre in the Kansas City area.