Haley Johnson is a recent graduate of Graceland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Before joining The Coterie; Johnson appeared in shows such as 39 Steps, Speech and Debate, Ghost: The Musical and Lend Me a Tenor. Her undergraduate achievements include receiving the 2018 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship followed by the Mark Twain Prize for Best Comedic Performance. She is thrilled to be making art with future theatre-makers.
Ashley Jones is so excited to make her Music Directing debut with The Coterie Theatre's education department. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory and holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She previously worked at Grain Valley South Middle School as the Vocal Music Teacher. During her time at Grain Valley, she also choreographed the Middle School Musicals Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley., Alice in Wonderland Jr., High School Musical Jr., and Aladdin Jr. as well as the High School Women’s Show Choir Amplified. She has appeared as a performer in several productions around Kansas City including Lula Buffington in Violet (OCTA), June Perry in Story of the Century (Fringe KC), From Broadway with Love (Leawood Stage Co.), and several performances with Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park including Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone and Judine (Dynamite) in Hairspray. Her most recent role is Madam/F4/Gargoyle in The Culture House’s Production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is currently working to grow her private voice studio, KC Songbirds (email@example.com) and also enjoys singing with her band The Ashley Jones Band (www.ashleyjonesband.com).
Hailey Jones is an extremely active force in the Kansas City theatre community. She is a graduate of the Professional Training program in Physical and Ensemble Theatre with Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, CA and received her BA in theatre from UMKC. As an actor, creator, director, producer, teacher, clown, poet, she stays busy continually reaching out to inspire the world through theatre arts. Her mission is to continually create theatre that not just works, but lives and breathes. Her childhood motto was, "Be your own star, twinkle your own light."
Seth M. Jones makes his Coterie debut in Schoolhouse Rock Live! Other local credits include Romeo and Juliet at The Met, Carrie: The Musical at Egads Theatre, and Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre. He also appeared in a children’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when he was in third grade, and even though he admits to having played Demetrius “terribly,” it got him completely hooked on theatre. Offstage, Seth is a painter and visual artist.
Sara Carolynn Kennedy made her Coterie debut in To Whom It May Inspire [in poetry, stories and song]. She is a graduate of The University of Kansas, holding a theatre performance degree. Other previous stage credits include The Addams Family at New Theatre Restaurant, Motherfreakinghood at Moonshine Variety Co., and Guys & Dolls at Musical Theater Heritage.
Art Kent has worked in lighting and technical design for theaters around the country, including Unicorn Theatre, a fashion show in Dallas, Shakespeare in Chicago, and the Santa Fe Opera. Art has designed more than 200 productions at The Coterie. Every show has its share of challenges. Art appreciates when shows challenge him, such as The Coterie’s productions of Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, Red Badge Variations, Spring Awakening, Once Upon a Mattress, and the original production of The Wiz.
Luci Kersting served as a Production Assistant and Deck Manager for The Coterie’s productions of Red Badge Variations; Bud, Not Buddy; Slashdance; and Shrek The Musical. Other recent credits include Gruesome Playground Injuries at The Fishtank and As You Like It, Antony & Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Luci holds a BA in Technical Theatre from UMKC.
David Kiehl has designed numerous productions including, most recently, Ben Franklin’s Apprentice; Bridge To Terabithia; and Science Fiction Triple Feature. Other recent productions include Evil Dead: The Musical at Egads! Theatre, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, and Big River with Musical Theatre Heritage, Beirut, Talk Radio, and On an Average Day at The Living Room Theatre, and A Very Joan Crawford Christmas, In the Next Room, and Speech and Debate at Unicorn Theatre.
Jessalyn Kincaid, in addition to appearing in Lyle the Crocodile, has also appeared at The Coterie in the world premieres of The Happy Elf, Geppetto & Son, The Dinosaur Musical, and the TYA versions of Seussical, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Ferdinand the Bull and 101 Dalmatians. Jessalyn was also the assistant director of Lucky Duck and a director for Young Playwrights' Festival 2010.
Ellen Kirk is a Kansas City native currently teaching preschool at Clay Platte Montessori. In addition to being fortunate enough to teach for the Coterie she also spent all summer teaching Camp Shakespeare with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Ellen is an actor and improviser around town playing on any stage that will allow her to do so. She graduated from Cornell College with a focus in Theater and Gender Studies in 2008. Once a full time nanny, Ellen found that being a Teaching Artist was the perfect mesh of all the things she loves most.