Nina Ludlum 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.

Jordan Luty is a performer, writer, music director, and teacher from Abilene, Kansas. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Masters in Teaching, and he has appeared on various stages in both the Kansas City area and across the country. Jordan previously appeared on The Coterie stage in 2019-2020 in three productions, and he is honored to work with the company again in an educational setting. Outside of theatre and education, Jordan enjoys playing music, eating sweets, and frisbee golfing.

Nancy Marcy has been seen at The Coterie for many years, performing in Tuck EverlastingPooh!, 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, Inspecting Carol at Unicorn Theatre, and On the Verge for Forge Repertory Theatre at the Black Box. She also spent the summer of 2019 in summer stock with Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon, MO. Nancy received her BA and MA in Music Education at University of Kansas and her MFA in Theatre at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in western Kansas, Nancy now lives in north Kansas City and enjoys taking walks, gardening, and reading in her free time.

Tim Marks is an actor, instructor, director and owner at The KC Improv Company, which performs hundreds of improv shows a year. Since 2000, his entertainment resume has expanded to include local movies, plays, stand-up comedy, and a national TV commercial. He was a founder of Fountain City Sketch Comedy, which ran five seasons.

Sarah Mattie began her theatre career with her breakout role as the Candlestick Maker in some version of Robin Hood. She had no lines, being only four or so years old, but she hasn’t ever forgotten the chorus to the showstopping number. She also remembers her first-ever theatre games…from that same class.

Fast forward a few years, and Sarah attended KSU for theatre. Though she majored in stage management, something about those early days of theatre games and fully committing to being a Candlestick Maker who didn’t even have a candle as a prop drew her back into youth theatre. She earned her master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College and hasn’t looked back!

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.

Sarah Meade is a recent Kansas City transplant. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, she earned her degree in Theatre at Radford University in 2014 and has been teaching kiddos ever since! From summer camp to Shakespeare, Sarah firmly believes that any kid can benefit from the magic of the theatre.

Delano Mendoza is a professional theatre artist in Kansas City, working as an actor, singer, music director, and private voice/acting coach. For as long as he can remember, Delano has loved theatre and music with every bit of his being! He loves having the opportunity to work with aspiring actors and singers, young and younger, guiding them in their craft and teaching them new skills along the way. When Delano is away from the theater, he loves to bake, play with his dogs, and explore the outdoors. His favorite mantra is "to infinity and beyond"!

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.