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.

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 DreamTribesThe Robber Bridegroom, and Dancing at Lughnasa.

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.

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