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.

Shawna Peña-Downing is a 2012 graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications.  She continuously works as a professional actor and teaching artist with various youth-centered organizations in Kansas City.  Shawna has been seen on many Kansas City stages including The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theater, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre for Young America, and KC MeltingPot Theatre.  Shawna loves to spend her time, energy, and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating, and giving back.  She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.

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 C. Phillips is a graduate from Emerson College and he is one of the first people to receive their new BFA in Comedic Arts. Evan is a writer whose work has garnered significant critical praise. He has won Evvy awards for his comedy sketch Sometimes A Fantasy and his autobiographic memoir Tales From The Looney Bin. He has also been award-nominated for his standup comedy and his teleplay Swashbucklers. When not writing, Evan often appears onstage, most recently in The Olathe Civic Theatre Association’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Evan has deep roots at The Coterie having been a longtime member of both the Comedy and Acting Master class as well as appearing in their seasonal smash hit Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Evan is thrilled to begin this new chapter at The Coterie teaching the next generation of artistic minds a bit of the wisdom he’s come by in his journeys!

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.