Evan C. Phillips is a graduate from Emerson College and he is one of the first people to receive their new BFA in Comedic Arts. Evan is a writer whose work has garnered significant critical praise. He has won Evvy awards for his comedy sketch Sometimes A Fantasy and his autobiographic memoir Tales From The Looney Bin. He has also been award-nominated for his standup comedy and his teleplay Swashbucklers. When not writing, Evan often appears onstage, most recently in The Olathe Civic Theatre Association’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Evan has deep roots at The Coterie having been a longtime member of both the Comedy and Acting Master class as well as appearing in their seasonal smash hit Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Evan is thrilled to begin this new chapter at The Coterie teaching the next generation of artistic minds a bit of the wisdom he’s come by in his journeys!
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.
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.
Callie Rodina first fell in love with theatre as a young person seeing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She does not remember much about the show, as she was about 5 years old at the time, but Callie does remember how hard she laughed. That same passion for laughing is what brought her full circle - back to the The Coterie as a performer after graduating with a degree in Vocal Performance with minors in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University (May 2018). Callie has been in numerous shows at The Coterie, appearing in Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium - The Musical, No Talking, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When she isn't all over KC working on projects from straight plays to musicals, teaching voice lessons, or taking a nap with her dog, you can find her here at The Coterie as a Teaching Artist! Callie joined the team in the Fall of 2018 and had a blast instilling a love for the arts in young minds. Callie is thankful for The Coterie and what it has provided her since she was a young person, and she is so happy to return the favor for kids just like her! No matter what you find Callie doing, you'll almost always hear her laughing... ESPECIALLY at The Coterie Theatre!
Lisa Miller Ross has received her Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in English at Truman State University. She loves teaching for The Coterie, especially the Exploratory Theatre classes for kindergarten through second graders. In the past she has taught “Folktales and Animal Stories: Act the Stories”, focusing on local folktales with animal main characters; “Commotion in the Ocean”, focusing on sea creatures; and “Stories to Bug You”, the companion class to The Coterie musical U:BUG:ME.
Matthew Schmidli is a local AEA Actor, Director, Playwright and Professorial Director of the Theatre Program at Rockhurst University. He received his MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Matthew has worked across the country in film, television and theatre, but is a proud member of the Kansas City artistic community, a city where he was born and raised.