Jacob Houghton has made his debut with the Coterie in the production, Lyle the Crocodile. Although he has been taking acting classes with the Coterie for several years. In addition to his recent participation in the theatre, some of Jacob's past credits include Grumpy Old Sheppard and Santa's Coming to Town.
Becca Hudgins originally hails from the Land of Enchantment in Albuquerque, NM, and went to school at Stephen's College in Columbia, MO earning her BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in acting. New to Kansas City, she is excited for all the wonderful artistic opportunities the city has to offer and is honored to be a part of The Coterie's teaching artist family.
Laura Jane Irwin-Henrickson has been an actress every since she can remember. She has taken classes in just about every aspect of theater you can imagine, from Shakespeare to Sword Fighting, and from Mime to Meisner. She graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO, with an Bachelors in theatre under the direction of Robert Westenberg. In her spare time she loves to dance, sing, bake and crochet.
Erin Ivanov is a teaching artist, performer, and director who graduated from Missouri State University in 2004 with a BA in Theatre and Communication and an emphasis in Children’s Theatre. She was involved in the theatre from a very young age performing in church plays and then plays and musicals in high school and college. In college, she was the leader for a traveling drama ministry group and was also a part of a children’s storytelling troupe. Her biggest theatre passion lies in directing and teaching. She has directed one-acts in both high school and college and directed a musical for the Robidoux Resident Theatre in St Joseph. She has years of experience teaching theatre classes and directing intensive musical camps for Robidoux Resident Theatre, CYT Kansas City, and ACT1KC. She is currently an English/Theatre Arts teacher for Frontier STEM High School in KC. Her favorite roles include Miss Lynch in Grease and Wife in The Problem. She is beyond excited to begin her teaching journey with The Coterie, inspiring students to explore their creative sides and to imagine the unthinkable!
Maya Loren Jackson made her Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Previously, she appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at Unicorn Theatre and The Learned Ladies at UMKC Theatre. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland and is currently a MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Michael James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After discovering his love for teaching, Michael shifted his focus from technical theatre to children's theatre, teaching both dance and theatre classes. He has worked as a musical theatre director, choreographer, stage manager, and production assistant in several Kansas City locations including The Coterie, The Culture House, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association.
Saya Jenks (she/her) is a teaching artist, performer, and theatre maker from the San Francisco Bay Area. Saya earned her B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University in 2016 and is working towards her master's degree in Educational Theatre at New York University. Saya has taught theatre and movement to children and teens at The Nueva School in the Bay Area, Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and NYU's Youth Theatre Ensemble. She also teaches applied improvisation and leadership development in both professional corporate and nonprofit settings.
Jessica Jensen is a teaching artist with The Coterie and appears on stage in Afflicted. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Rep and Big Love! and Burnt
by the Sun at UMKC Theatre. Jessica is a native of La Porte, IN, and is currently a 3rd year MFA student at UMKC.
Dee Jimenez is an actor, writer, and director who is pursuing his MFA in acting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He will be playing Arturo in his school's upcoming production of The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has taught acting at schools in the Denver-Metro area, and will continue to teach in Kansas City this summer with The Coterie Theatre. He loves hip hop and reading great works of Latin American literature.
Gary Neal Johnson made his debut on The Coterie’s stage in Tuck Everlasting. He has been seen in dozens of productions around Kansas City including, most recently, A Lie of the Mind at Kansas City Actors Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun and A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, where he has performed in 106 productions since 1982. He has also performed at Spinning Tree Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, New Theatre Restaurant, and Starlight Theatre, as well as at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago), A.C.T.