Stephanie Laaker is a teaching artist and actor happily residing in the Kansas City metro. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Central Missouri, and is so grateful to be working in her hometown! In addition to The Coterie, some of the orgainziations Stephanie has taught with are Heart of American Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Barn Players. Stephanie loves teaching Shakespeare and language, and also loves exploring new ways to communiate and create with her students.
Sarah Mae Lamar is a native of Kansas City, with degrees in Vocal performance and Theater Education from Mid America Nazarene University and Kansas State University. She has performed in and produced musical theater all over Kansas City for the past seven years. Some of her local professional credits include shows at Starlight, Musical Theater Heritage, Quality Hill Playhouse, and The New Dinner Theater. Sarah also spent a year singing at a dinner theatre in Aspen, Colorado, and a summer with the Lyceum Theatre in Arrowrock, Missouri. Some of her favorite roles include: The Homeless Lady in A New Brain, Anna Murrant in Street Scene, and the Stepmother in Into the Woods. Sarah Mae has recently started her Master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a Theatre emphasis to pursue teaching at the collegiate level. She is thrilled to start with Donnelly College as an adjunct professor in October.
Todd Lanker is a director, actor, and teacher. He was trained at WORKOUT (the physical theatre ensemble of Wheaton College), the Michael Howard Studio NYC, the Actor’s Gang Theatre LA, and the Master of Fine Arts program at UMKC. Todd has served as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Shed, a theatrical collaboration with Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and as Associate Artistic Director of METropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Katie Lee is a proud K.C. native, teaching artist, director, and stage manager. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BSEd in Speech, Theatre, and English. She taught high school for a while before heading to the University of Central Missouri where she received her MA in Theatre with an emphasis in history and criticism. Katie has been teaching theatre to Kansas City's youth for nearly a decade and has directed several children's shows in the area. In her free time, Katie can be found painting or exploring the Kansas City arts and food scenes with her husband and son.
Bob Linebarger's past Coterie experience includes the Young Playwrights Festival, The Presidents tour, and as a teaching artist. Bob’s other productions include Fat Pig at Living Room, The Legend of Tex, which toured around South America and Mexico, and Death of Cupid with Living Room. Bob received a BA in theatre from Baker University.
Gabriel Livingston is a Kansas City born-and-raised teaching artist, director, stage manager, dramaturg, and writer. Locally, he has worked with The Coterie, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Smashing Frames Productions, and Astra Theatre Company. Gabriel is a graduate of University of Central Missouri (B.A., 2018) and University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.A., 2020).
Nina Lopez earned her Bachelor of Science in Education for Speech Communication and Theatre from the University of Central Missouri. She also holds a minor in dance and in theatre. Upon graduating college, Nina began teaching at a brand new school in Olathe, KS, called Summit Trail Middle School. She had the absolute honor and privilege to start a brand new theatre program from scratch, as a first-year teacher. In her free time, Nina enjoys singing karaoke, seeing plays and musicals, and spending time with her family and fur babies.
Nancy Marcy has been seen at The Coterie for many years, performing in Tuck Everlasting, Pooh!, Great Expectations, The B.F.G., The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and After Juliet, as well as serving as The Coterie’s first Education Director. Other recent credits include Justice in Embers at The Living Room, Antigone at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Inspecting Carol at Unicorn Theatre.
Sarah Mattie has been involved with theatre since she was three years old, when her mom decided her "dramatic personality" needed a place to go! She has an undergraduate degree in Stage Management from K-State and worked professionally for a bit before deciding she missed the passon and excitement of youth theatre. She returned to school at Emerson College in Boston, and completed a Master's in Theatre Education. Sarah has taught theatre in both public and private schools and, since 2015, has been a middle school teacher in Olathe, where she works with students on their onstage and backstage skills, with the additional privilege of directing their productions.
D'Andre McKenzie made his Coterie debut in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Previous credits include No Sex Please, We’re British with Olathe Civic Theatre Association and Parade at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. D’Andre is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Communications and English and a minor in Theatre.