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.

Aurelia Power made her Coterie debut in Tuck Everlasting. She has taken acting classes, participated in the Reaching the Write Minds playwriting workshop, and been an audience member for as long as she can remember. Recently, Aurelia has been seen in The Lion King and Big: The Musical at The Barn Players Theater, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory with Theatre for Young America. Aurelia is currently homeschooled and loves gymnastics, ballet, and singing. 

Emali Price is a professional actress and teaching artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance. In past years, Emali worked as a children's theatre instructor for the Springfield Little Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. She also developed and taught after-school drama classes for Springfield's SPARC program. In addition to The Coterie, Emali also instructs summer theatre camps for The Barstow School of Kansas City.

Cody Proctor is a professional actor and children's musician. Born and raised in Stilwell, Kansas, he has returned to Kansas City after spending 10 years in Chicago. His work with kids has included over 4 years teaching at a children's gym and as an early childhood assistant and resident musician. Recently he appeared in shows at theaters across Kansas City and a spot for MO Lottery. 

Tony J. Pulford was last seen at The Coterie in Tomás and The Library Lady, The Miracle Worker, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018), as well as the Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/HIV. Previously, he appeared in West Side Story with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sister Act at New Theatre Restaurant, and A Soldier’s Play with The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre. Offstage, Tony loves spending time with his family, playing hours and hours of board games and holding private dance recitals in his living room.


Michael Ray has been taking theatre classes at The Coterie for several years and makes his Coterie debut in The Miracle Worker. Previously, he has appeared in Romeo and Juliet Time Travelers and Fun on 42nd Street at Quality Hill Playhouse and the Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre Spring Showcase at the Gem Theater. Michael is a student at Crossroads Academy of Kansas City.

Dustin Reckling is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with degrees in Theatre Arts and English. Recently, he has been in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Nell Gwynn, and The Lifespan of a Fact. Dustin enjoys seeing the young and young at heart's eyes light up at the magic of live performance and wants to share his passion with The Coterie's students. 

Connor Relyea first appeared on The Coterie in A Charlie Brown Christmas. He has appeared in productions of State Fair, Fiddler on the Roof, and To Kill a Mockingbird at Okoboji Summer Theatre. Originally from Shorewood, IL, he now lives in Blue Springs. Connor has a Bachelor of Journalism and a minor in Theatre from the University of Missouri.