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.
Cat Pestinger is a Kansas City based actor who is passionate about encouraging and equipping future generations of artists. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in Acting, as well as a BA in Theater Arts Management, she is thrilled to be joining the Coterie's Teaching Artist team! Her recent credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tribes, The Robber Bridegroom, and Dancing at Lughnasa. When not on stage or teaching at the Coterie, Cat can be found reading, songwriting, or trying out a new recipe!
Emali Price is a professional actress and teaching artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance. In past years, Emali worked as a children's theatre instructor for the Springfield Little Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. She also developed and taught after-school drama classes for Springfield's SPARC program. In addition to The Coterie, Emali also instructs summer theatre camps for The Barstow School of Kansas City.
Cody Proctor is a professional actor and children's musician. Born and raised in Stilwell, Kansas, he has returned to Kansas City after spending 10 years in Chicago. His work with kids has included over 4 years teaching at a children's gym and as an early childhood assistant and resident musician. Recently he appeared in shows at theaters across Kansas City and a spot for MO Lottery.
Tony J. Pulford was last seen at The Coterie in Tomás and The Library Lady, The Miracle Worker, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018), as well as the Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. Previously, he appeared in West Side Story with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sister Act at New Theatre Restaurant, and A Soldier’s Play with The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre. Offstage, Tony loves spending time with his family, playing hours and hours of board games and holding private dance recitals in his living room.
Dustin Reckling is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with degrees in Theatre Arts and English. Recently, he has been in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Nell Gwynn, and The Lifespan of a Fact. Dustin enjoys seeing the young and young at heart's eyes light up at the magic of live performance and wants to share his passion with The Coterie's students.
Mariah Roady is thrilled to join The Coterie’s slew of fantastic teaching artists. Mariah serves as a year round Teaching Artist for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She teaches Shakespeare Conservatory and Team Shakespeare every weekend in addition to her full time role with the Festival, Development and Marketing Associate. Previously, Mariah served as Peer Education Coordinator at SafeHome where she directed a theatre-based educational program on teen dating violence and sexual assault. She coordinated volunteer and peer education opportunities for middle and high school students to deliver dating and domestic violence education and prevention to the greater KC metro area. Mariah graduated from UMKC where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance.