Lauren McCannon 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. Seuss’ 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.
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.
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.
Kathleen Mitchell is a professional performer and teaching artist. She is a 2019 graduate of Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance, with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has taught all over the country, in classrooms, community centers, military bases, and even a prison! You may have seen her perform around town at The New Theatre, MTKC Pro, The Coterie, or Music Theatre Heritage. This fall, she will start a new chapter of her teaching career as the music teacher at Ascension Catholic School.