Ron Meyer is a Theatre Educator who spent thirty years in the classroom. He directed 75 all school productions and taught Acting, Theatre History, Theatre Literature, and Technical Theatre. He has a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Marymount College and an M.A. in Theatre from The University of Central Missouri. He is the third recipient of “The Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus” Award. He performed the role of Pulitzer in The Coterie and The White Theatre’s co-production of Newsies, and way back in 1987, Ron performed the role of Flavio in The Coterie’s production of Slapstick! He enjoys reading and spending time with friends.
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.
JT Nagle is an actor and teaching artist in Kansas City and Chicago. A graduate from University of Missouri – Kansas City with his MFA in Acting, JT has performed with The Coterie in Brainstorm, as well as productions with Kansas City Actor’s Theatre, Unicorn, E.A.R.Th. and others. JT Spent two years with The Rev (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) Youth Theatre, performing in productions and teaching workshops for students all over upstate New York. JT is also an active comedian and improvisor.
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.
Michael T. Oakes is a stand-up comic and actor from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He received his Master's Degree in Acting from University of Missouri - Kansas City, where he was involved in productions like Jane Eyre, Do you Feel Anger?, and Antigonick. Michael was also the Man in Suit in The Coterie's production of Dragon's Love Tacos. Michael is very excited to teach for The Coterie.
Shawna Peña-Downing is a 2012 graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications. She continuously works as a professional actor and teaching artist with various youth-centered organizations in Kansas City. Shawna has been seen on many Kansas City stages including The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theater, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre for Young America, and KC MeltingPot Theatre. Shawna loves to spend her time, energy, and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating, and giving back. She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.