Evan J. Lovelace was excited to return to The Coterie stage in Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium- The Musical, having recently been seen as Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and in We Shall Not Be Moved. He has also recently been seen in Superior Donuts at Olathe Civic Theatre Association. Evan received his BFA in Acting from Missouri State University. In his spare time he enjoys painting, writing, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Jordan Luty is a performer, writer, music director, and teacher from Abilene, Kansas. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Masters in Teaching, and he has appeared on various stages in both the Kansas City area and across the country. Jordan previously appeared on The Coterie stage in 2019-2020 in three productions, and he is honored to work with the company again in an educational setting. Outside of theatre and education, Jordan enjoys playing music, eating sweets, and frisbee golfing.
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, Inspecting Carol at Unicorn Theatre, and On the Verge for Forge Repertory Theatre at the Black Box. She also spent the summer of 2019 in summer stock with Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon, MO. Nancy received her BA and MA in Music Education at University of Kansas and her MFA in Theatre at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in western Kansas, Nancy now lives in north Kansas City and enjoys taking walks, gardening, and reading in her free time.
Tim Marks is an actor, instructor, director and owner at The KC Improv Company, which performs hundreds of improv shows a year. Since 2000, his entertainment resume has expanded to include local movies, plays, stand-up comedy, and a national TV commercial. He was a founder of Fountain City Sketch Comedy, which ran five seasons.
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 began her theatre career with her breakout role as the Candlestick Maker in some version of Robin Hood. She had no lines, being only four or so years old, but she hasn’t ever forgotten the chorus to the showstopping number. She also remembers her first-ever theatre games…from that same class.
Fast forward a few years, and Sarah attended KSU for theatre. Though she majored in stage management, something about those early days of theatre games and fully committing to being a Candlestick Maker who didn’t even have a candle as a prop drew her back into youth theatre. She earned her master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College and hasn’t looked back!
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.