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, and director. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, so she pursued a degree in Speech, Theatre, English education from Northwest Missouri State. After teaching high school for a while, she headed off 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 over a decade and has directed several children's shows in the area. Katie is the Assistant Head of School at Guidepost Montessori in Leavenworth and also serves on the board of Kansas City Public Theatre. In her free time, Katie can be found gardening or exploring the Kansas City arts and food scenes with her husband and two sons, Caellum and Elwyn.
Michael Lee has been improvising for 11 years and teaching improv for 5 years officially. A member of the KC Improv Company and Co-Founder of Crusty Mustard Improv, Michael has seen much growth in the improv community in Kansas City since returning home in 2016 and he is excited to help share the art form with a younger audience.
Matt Leonard returns to the Coterie stage where he has appeared in numerous Young Playwrights' Festivals, The Outsiders, and The Breakfast Club-Live Mondays!. Since 2009, he has also been a member of The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. Other credits include The Death of Cupid at The Living Room and The Kentucky Cycle at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Matthew is a graduate of Truman High School and holds a BA in Theatre Performance from MU.