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. 

Jonathan Lloyd Schriock returned to The Coterie in Tuck Everlasting after previously serving as the studio violinist for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Other local credits include A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof with Spinning Tree Theatre, and Hank Williams’ Lost Highway at Arrow Rock’s Lyceum Theatre. Jonathan is an accomplished violinist and has had the great opportunity to travel all over sharing the gift of music. 

Erdin Schultz-Bever is an actor and teaching artist in KC and Lawrence. A recent graduate from University of Evansville, in Indiana, with her degree in Theatre Performance, she has performed with Fishtank Theatre on projects including Belfast Girls and Dry Land, and worked with the Unicorn Theatre as a Literary Intern and Production Assistant. In addition to teaching with The Coterie, Erdin has also taught with the Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas City Young Audiences, and Raintree Montessori School. She has trained in with SITI Company and Anne Bogart in Viewpoints and Suzuki movement for theatre, and completed a residency with Cornerstone Theatre Company on their community-engaged production of Ghost Town, in Venice, CA. 

Megan Sells made her debut to The Coterie stage as Dr. Claudia Mueller in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. She locally has been seen in A Christmas Carol and Antony and Cleopatra at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Men on Boats with Unicorn Theatre. She is currently attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City to receive her MFA in Acting.

Vanessa Severo has appeared in numerous Coterie productions including The Miracle WorkerScience Fiction Triple FeatureHolesSelkie: Between Land and SeaThe Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe B.F.G.Gatherings In GraveyardsSarah Plain and Tall, and the Young Playwrights’ Festival. She also served as choreographer for The Wiz.

Emily Shackelford returns to The Coterie stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! after thrilling audiences in Afflicted: Daughters of Salem and The Wiz... twice! She is a former Coterie teaching artist and has previously appeared in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – The Musical, Seussical, Spring Awakening, and Lucky Duck at the New Victory Theatre.

Brad Shaw is a Coterie mainstay. He has directed, designed costumes and sets, house managed, and served as a Coterie Resident Artist for over 14 years. Brad’s recent Coterie credits include No TalkingThe Wiz; Bud, Not Buddy; and Once On This Island. Other recent credits include An Otherwise Hopeless Evening at the Jewel Box Lounge. Brad is affiliated with MCC Spirit of Hope and has been a contract teacher for KCYA since 1986.

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