Charmaine J. Merriweather graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Public Relations and Theater. Some of her favorite roles she's played include Elmire in Tartuffe and Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot. Aside from acting, Charmaine is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist. She moved to the Kansas City area in summer 2018.
Austin Meyer received his M.A. in actor training and coaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and his B.A. in drama from the University of Michigan. He has taught and coached actors at the University of Michigan (Flint, Ann Arbor), Arts Educational School of Acting (London), Rose Bruford College (London), Acting Coach Scotland (Glasgow), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His passion is in teaching and learning from actors of all ages, and helping to facilitate them to achieve their dreams.
Katia Milazzo is thrilled to be a teaching artist at The Coterie Theatre! She is currently studying at the University of Missouri - Kansas City for a BA in English with a Minor in Theatre, directs at the City Theater of Independence for the Playwrights Festival and also directs musicals at Nativity of Mary Theater such as; The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, and Seussical! She has a passion for theatre and music and an even deeper love for teaching it.
Hannah L'Abri Miller is a director and educator. She has worked with numerous companies throughout the Kansas City area, in many capacities, including: Starlight, KC Rep, & Unicorn Theatre, Stage Right Performing Arts, MAPA, and CYT in addition to producing and directing her own work, most recently at the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival, with a "Best of Fringe" pick, Here Lies Joyland.
Lauren Mylin is a teaching artist, director, dancer teacher, and choreographer. She is very excited to be back home in Overland Park after graduating from Oklahoma City University this year with a BFA in Theatre and a minor in Children’s Theatre and directing. Lauren is especially elated to begin her next chapter teaching with The Coterie Theatre! She has had the pleasure of performing at Disney World’s Epcot with the Miller Marley Entertainers and for the Plaza lighting ceremony; her greatest passion is to work with kids in a creative and friendly environment. She’s worked with the The Atlanta CHildren’s Theatre as a teaching artist and the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre as a stage manager and teaching artist, Princess Belle for parties and fundraisers, and performing as the Fish in Dr. Suess’ classic, “The Cat in the Hat”. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and two weenie dogs (Godiva and Nougat), read plenty of books, and to go on adventures and explore places with friends.
Nancy Nail has been an actress for about 30 years! Recently appearing in Showboat at Musical Theater Heritage, Nancy has recently started substituting as a teacher with Kelly Services in North Kansas City and Liberty school districts. Having had a successful career as a vocal coach and acting teacher with Heart of American Dance Centre, Nancy is thrilled to be back and with the young actors at The Coterie. She has had numerous appearances as guest soloist with the Heartland Men’s Chorus and made her Broadway debut in Portraits of Healing in New York at Lincoln Center. Nancy is happy to be teaching the young actors of Kansas City!!
Trish Neuteboom is a Lawrence resident who teaches Drama and Communications at Southwest Middle School. In addition to the classes, she runs the theatre program and stays actively involved in theatre in her community and Kansas City. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, Trish returned to Kansas and earned her Masters in Teaching at Baker University. Trish stays actively involved in theatre for youth and completed work on the writing committee to revise the Kansas State Standards for Theatre. Along with teaching and directing, Trish enjoys being on the stage as well as working with learners of all ages.
Allison Nissley is a teaching artist, performer, director, and a lover of theatre for young audiences. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance. Understanding the importance of being a well-rounded theatre artist, Allison has had experience with technical theatre focusing on scenic construction, and sound design, as well as directing and performance coaching. Some of her favorite roles as a performer have been in touring productions for elementary schools: The Snow Queen, Fishing for a Change, and Impawssible Pals.
Michael T. Oakes is an acting MFA candidate at UMKC from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He recieved his bachelor's degree from Lake Superior State University, where he had the opportunity to perform in shows such as boom, Good Kids, and Wakey, Wakey. The last of which was in the North International Fringe Festival in its debut year. This is his first year as a teacher with The Coterie.
Andy Perkins earned his BFA in Acting and Directing from Avila University and his MFA in Acting from purdue University. He made his debut on The Coterie stage in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude. In the past he has assisted as a house manager, and been a teaching artist. Recently, Andy was seen in A Christmas Carol, and The Diary of Anne Frank at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Twelfth Night with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.