Eric Palmquist returns to The Coterie after having performed in the Young Playwrights’ Festival. Other past credits include Frankenstein at Lawence Arts Center, A Doll’s House at University of Kansas, and M. Butterfly with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Eric is an associated artist with Tradewind Arts, supporting Asian American artists. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theatre Performance.


Nick Papamihalakis was drawn into theatre in high school.  Nick has been seen at The Coterie in To Whom it May Inspire, he has previously been in Pericles, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Love’s Labours Lost at UMKC Theatre, where he is a 3rd year MFA candidate.  Nick also holds a degree from Purdue University.

Daniel Eugene Parman made his Coterie debut as Mike Perkins in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. Previously he was seen in Assassins at the Spinning Tree Theatre, William Inge New Play Festival with the Kokopelli Theatre Company, and Taming of the Shrew with with the University of Central Missouri, where he earned his MA in Theatre.




Josephine Pellow returns to The Coterie in Hana's Suitcase after having appeared last season as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Josephine also is a Coterie Acting Master student. Other local credits include School of Rock the Musical at Music Theatre Kansas City, Annie Get Your Gun with Musical Theater Herritage, and A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, knitting, and playing the ukulele.

Andy Perkins earned his BFA in Acting and Directing from Avila University and his MFA in Acting from purdue University.  He made his debut on The Coterie stage in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude. In the past he has assisted as a house manager, and been a teaching artist. Recently, Andy was seen in A Christmas Carol, and The Diary of Anne Frank at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Twelfth Night with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

Cat Pestinger is a Kansas City based actor who is passionate about encouraging and equipping future generations of artists. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in Acting, as well as a BA in Theater Arts Management, she is thrilled to be a part of the Coterie's Teaching Artist team! Her recent credits include A Midsummer Night's DreamTribesThe Robber Bridegroom, and Dancing at Lughnasa.

Kenneth Personett was recently seen in The Coterie’s production of Lyle the Crocodile and Slashdance. Other credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Showcase at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. He has been a dancer on Princess Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens Tampa, and choreographed for the L.A. Choreographers’ Carnival. Kenneth is a graduate of William Jewell College with a BS in Arts Management.

Emily Nan Phillips has appeared at the Coterie in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,  and Afflicted: Daughters of SalemOther credits include The House of Setting Sun (world premiere) Off Off Broadway and Freedom Rider (world premiere) at UMKC Theatre. Emily holds a BA in Musical Theatre from West Texas University and received her MFA in Acting and Directing at UMKC. 

Evan Phillips has most recently been at The Coterie in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Evan is also a student in Coterie’s Master Classes and was seen in the 2013 and 2016 Young Playwrights’ Festival. Previous credits include Into The Woods with Close Shave Productions, Our Town with Blue Valley High School, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with St. Teresa’s Academy.

Elise Poehling made her Coterie stage debut in A Year With Frog and Toad, after attending The Coterie many times as a student. Her previous productions include Sweeney Todd, The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Wedding Singer at Kansas State Theatre. Elise is an Overland Park resident who received her Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis in Musical Theatre, from Kansas State University.