Missy Koonce has been featured in various productions at The Coterie including; Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Very First Family, Lyle the Crocodile, Pipi Longstocking, Schoolhouse Rock Live I and II, Free to Be, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I and II, and Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing. Missy is the Co-Director for the Coterie's production, Lyle the Crocodile.
Stephen Kopel is a proud Kansas City native. Stephen’s life long love of the theatre began as a teenager, attending local productions with his family, including many at The Coterie. Stephen currently resides in New York City, where he maintains an active freelance career, while also serving as casting director for Roundabout Theatre Company, the nation’s largest not-for-profit theatre. Broadway credits include: Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Jagged Little Pill, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Play That Goes Wrong, Sunday in the Park with George, Amelie, Holiday Inn, She Loves Me, Noises Off, On the Twentieth Century, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Violet, The Winslow Boy, The Glass Menagerie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Once, Harvey, Don’t Dress for Dinner, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Road to Mecca, Anything Goes, The People in the Picture, The Scottsboro Boys, Brief Encounter, Sondheim on Sondheim and Hedda Gabler. Select Off-Broadway credits include: 72 Miles to Go…, Toni Stone, The Robber Bridegroom, Merrily We Roll Along, Kingdom Come, Invisible Thread, Indian Ink, The Common Pursuit and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. Stephen also served as resident casting director for Encores! Off-Center, an annual musical theatre concert series, from its inception in 2012 until 2017. Encores! credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (with Jake Gyllenhaal & Ellen Greene), A New Brain (with Jonathan Groff & Ana Gasteyer), The Wild Party (with Sutton Foster & Steven Pasquale) and Tick Tick Boom (with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Leslie Odom Jr). In his free time Stephen enjoys working with many of the nation’s top regional theaters. Recent collaborations include work with American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company and Hartford Stage. Stephen is a five-time recipient of the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award, presented annually to recognize excellence in casting. He has served as a Tony Award voter since 2016.
Stephanie Laaker is a teaching artist and actor happily residing in the Kansas City metro. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Central Missouri, and is so grateful to be working in her hometown! In addition to The Coterie, some of the orgainziations Stephanie has taught with are Heart of American Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Barn Players. Stephanie loves teaching Shakespeare and language, and also loves exploring new ways to communiate and create with her students.
Sarah LaBarr was excited to make her Coterie debut in Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium- The Musical, after her brother Cameron LaBarr performed on stage in Seussical. Local credits include Christmas in Song at Quality Hill Playhouse, and Eugene Onegin and The Pirates of Penzance with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Ron Lackey has appeared at The Coterie in The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018), Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Bud, Not Buddy. Other local credits include Cats, A Spectacular Christmas, and Jesus Christ Superstar at Musical Theater Heritage.
Sarah Mae Lamar is a native of Kansas City, with degrees in Vocal performance and Theater Education from Mid America Nazarene University and Kansas State University. She has performed in and produced musical theater all over Kansas City for the past seven years. Some of her local professional credits include shows at Starlight, Musical Theater Heritage, Quality Hill Playhouse, and The New Dinner Theater. Sarah also spent a year singing at a dinner theatre in Aspen, Colorado, and a summer with the Lyceum Theatre in Arrowrock, Missouri. Some of her favorite roles include: The Homeless Lady in A New Brain, Anna Murrant in Street Scene, and the Stepmother in Into the Woods. Sarah Mae has recently started her Master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a Theatre emphasis to pursue teaching at the collegiate level. She is thrilled to start with Donnelly College as an adjunct professor in October.
Todd Lanker is a director, actor, and teacher. He was trained at WORKOUT (the physical theatre ensemble of Wheaton College), the Michael Howard Studio NYC, the Actor’s Gang Theatre LA, and the Master of Fine Arts program at UMKC. Todd has served as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Shed, a theatrical collaboration with Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and as Associate Artistic Director of METropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Heather Michele Lawler made her Coterie debut as Deirdre in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Other credits include Stupid F***ing Bird at Unicorn Theatre, King Lear with Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Sense and Sensibility with C and P Productions. Heather is a MFA Acting student at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
Josh makes his Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Recently, he was seen in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Pericles at UMKC Theatre. Josh received his BS in Theatre at Eastern Oregon University and is now a MFA student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying Acting and Directing.
Katie Lee is a proud K.C. native, teaching artist, director, and stage manager. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BSEd in Speech, Theatre, and English. She taught high school for a while before heading to the University of Central Missouri where she received her MA in Theatre with an emphasis in history and criticism. Katie has been teaching theatre to Kansas City's youth for nearly a decade and has directed several children's shows in the area. In her free time, Katie can be found painting or exploring the Kansas City arts and food scenes with her husband and son.