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 erned his MFA in acting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He has taught acting at schools in the Denver-Metro area in Kansas City. He loves hip hop, baseball, and The Simpsons

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.

Haley Johnson is thrilled to be back with the Coterie Theatre team. Before completing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Florida, Johnson was a teaching artist intern here at the beloved Kansas City Theatre. Currently Johnson is back in her hometown performing with theatres across Kansas City and is excited to be back with Cotetire as a full time teaching artist. 


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 ( and also enjoys singing with her band The Ashley Jones Band (

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.