Mariah Roady is thrilled to join The Coterie’s slew of fantastic teaching artists. Mariah serves as a year round Teaching Artist for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She teaches Shakespeare Conservatory and Team Shakespeare every weekend in addition to her full time role with the Festival, Development and Marketing Associate. Previously, Mariah served as Peer Education Coordinator at SafeHome where she directed a theatre-based educational program on teen dating violence and sexual assault. She coordinated volunteer and peer education opportunities for middle and high school students to deliver dating and domestic violence education and prevention to the greater KC metro area. Mariah graduated from UMKC where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance.
Chloé N. Robbins was the Coterie's Production Intern for the production Lyle the Crocodile. Recent credits include assistant stage manager for the production of Burnt by the Sun at UMKC, following stage manager for Brechtology at UMKC and The Fishtank. She was also assistant stage manager for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at UMKC and The Fishtank. Chloe is currently a senior at UMKC earning her degree in Theatre Tech.
Callie Rodina first fell in love with theatre as a young person seeing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She does not remember much about the show, as she was about 5 years old at the time, but Callie does remember how hard she laughed. That same passion for laughing is what brought her full circle - back to the The Coterie as a performer after graduating with a degree in Vocal Performance with minors in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University (May 2018). Callie has been in numerous shows at The Coterie, appearing in Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium - The Musical, No Talking, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When she isn't all over KC working on projects from straight plays to musicals, teaching voice lessons, or taking a nap with her dog, you can find her here at The Coterie as a Teaching Artist! Callie joined the team in the Fall of 2018 and had a blast instilling a love for the arts in young minds. Callie is thankful for The Coterie and what it has provided her since she was a young person, and she is so happy to return the favor for kids just like her! No matter what you find Callie doing, you'll almost always hear her laughing... ESPECIALLY at The Coterie Theatre!
Lisa Miller Ross has received her Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in English at Truman State University. She loves teaching for The Coterie, especially the Exploratory Theatre classes for kindergarten through second graders. In the past she has taught “Folktales and Animal Stories: Act the Stories”, focusing on local folktales with animal main characters; “Commotion in the Ocean”, focusing on sea creatures; and “Stories to Bug You”, the companion class to The Coterie musical U:BUG:ME.
Sherri Roulette-Mosley is a familiar face at The Coterie, performing with us for over 27 years since A Woman Called Truth in 1991, also appearing in Becoming Martin, The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Sisters, and A Star Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hole in Heaven. Other local credits include Gem of the Ocean with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Dark Was Their Path at In Play Theatre, and Waiting to Be Invited with KC MeltingPot Theatre.
Tyler Rowe made his Coterie debut in Tuck Everlasting. He was seen recently performing in Musical Theatre Monday at Musical Theater Heritage, Assassins at Spinning Tree Theatre, and Crimes of the Heart at Triton Repertory Theatre.
Shon Ruffin has been seen at The Coterie as Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, after having played Piggie in Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” and making her Coterie debut in Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Chelsea Bria Russell's Coterie credits include The Wiz and the Dramatic Health Education Project tour. Other credits include Ragtime at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Cover of Life at UMKC Theatre, and Muddy River with Gitana Production. Chelsea is from St. Louis and is enrolled at UMKC in the Theatre Performance program.
Ken Sandberg made his Coterie debut as Wartag in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Other recent productions include A Christmas Carol at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, King Lear with Kansas City Actors Theatre, and The Heart of Robin Hood at Door Shakespeare. He attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City, earning his MFA in Acting and Directing.
Matthew Schmidli is a local AEA Actor, Director, Playwright and Professorial Director of the Theatre Program at Rockhurst University. He received his MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Matthew has worked across the country in film, television and theatre, but is a proud member of the Kansas City artistic community, a city where he was born and raised.