Alisa Lynn made her Coterie debut as Hazel/Debbie/Jenny in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. We Shall Not Be Moved marks her first performance with The Coterie. Other credits include Bed Play with The Living Room, Not With A Bang at Just Off Broadway, and Dead Man Walking with The Lyric Opera. A native of Kansas City, she attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Tabor College.
Malena Marcase has been extensively involved with The Coterie, having taken several Master Classes and performed in The Wiz. Other recent credits include Curtains at Blue Springs High School and A Spectacular Christmas and The Music Man with Musical Theater Heritage. Malena will be attending Belmont University this coming fall to major in commercial music. For more info, visit her website at www.themalena.com.
Nancy Marcy has been seen at The Coterie for many years, performing in Tuck Everlasting, Pooh!, Great Expectations, The B.F.G., The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and After Juliet, as well as serving as The Coterie’s first Education Director. Other recent credits include Justice in Embers at The Living Room, Antigone at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Inspecting Carol at Unicorn Theatre.
Maggie Renee Marx made her Coterie debut as a Squirrelle in Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In A Play". Other recent performance credits include Cabaret, Songs of the Great World War, and Annie Get Your Gun at Musical Theater Heritage.
Sarah Mattie has been involved with theatre since she was three years old, when her mom decided her "dramatic personality" needed a place to go! She has an undergraduate degree in Stage Management from K-State and worked professionally for a bit before deciding she missed the passon and excitement of youth theatre. She returned to school at Emerson College in Boston, and completed a Master's in Theatre Education. Sarah has taught theatre in both public and private schools and, since 2015, has been a middle school teacher in Olathe, where she works with students on their onstage and backstage skills, with the additional privilege of directing their productions.
Jennifer Mays has appeared at The Coterie in Animal Fair, Rocky & Bullwinkle, twice in Suessical, and in The Miracle Worker, which makes her second time performing in a story about Helen Keller, after having appeared in the 1998 CBS television movie “Monday After the Miracle.” Jennifer has also been seen in ThisThatThen at The Living Room during the KC Fringe Festival, MotherFreakingHood for Moonshine Variety Co. at Goppert Theatre, and Clybourne Park at Unicorn Theatre.
Deanna Mazdra returns to The Coterie after having been seen on the mainstage in We Shall Not Be Moved: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and playing the role of Sally in The Cat in the Hat. She has also been a part of The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. Other previous credits include Dearly Departed and Junie B.
Duncan McIntyre made his Coterie debut as Pick 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 Richard III with Great River Shakespeare Festival. He is currently earning his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
D'Andre McKenzie made his Coterie debut in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Previous credits include No Sex Please, We’re British with Olathe Civic Theatre Association and Parade at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. D’Andre is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Communications and English and a minor in Theatre.
Linnaia McKenzie made her first professional acting premiere in The Coterie’s production of Spring Awakening (her favorite musical of all time). Since then, Linnaia has performed in Geek Mythology: I Was a Teenage Immortal at The Coterie, Christmas in Song at Quality Hill Playhouse, Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Spinning Tree Theatre, and Hello, Dolly at Musical Theater Heritage. Linnaia is currently enrolled at UMKC and works as a substitute teacher.