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!!
Hunter Nelson (he/him) is a Broadway-trained Kansas City-based dramaturg and producer working on the ancestral lands of the Kansa, Kickapoo, Sioux, and Osage tribes. He is the Executive Development Assistant and Producer at The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, where he is steering the New Werks Fest. Recent dramaturgy/asst. dramaturgy credits: Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet (world premiere), Ming Peiffer’s Usual Girls (world premiere), and Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia (Roundabout Theatre Company); Ricardo Pérez González’s Don't Eat the Mangos (world premiere); Sean Dunnington’s The Children’s Farm (Magic Apprentice Showcase); 21st Century Carnival (world premiere KSU), Straight White Men (KSU), and Candide (KU). He has been a reader for NNPN, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, and Campfire Theatre Festival. He's a proud member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and a proud alum of KSU Student Alumni Board, Sigma Tau Delta English honorary, and Kansas State Theatre Organization. hunternelson.org
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 a part of the Coterie's Teaching Artist team! Her recent credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tribes, The Robber Bridegroom, and Dancing at Lughnasa.
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.
Jackie Price was obsessed with watching and singing along to films like Mulan and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. In middle school she starred in Bugsy Malone Jr. and has loved performing onstage ever since. Jackie made her Coterie mainstage debut in PUFFS after having worked as a teaching artist and actor with the Dramatic STD/HIV Project.
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.