Joey Boos is excited to be making his first debut on The Coterie main stage. He recently was seen in A Wonderful Life, and Route 66 at Circa ‘21 Playhouse, and West Side Story with Spinning Tree Theatre. Joey is a graduate from Kansas State University with a BA degree in Theatre Performance.
Victoria Botero made her Coterie debut in Tomás and the Library Lady. She was recently seen as the Soprano soloist with Ensemble Ibérica, the St. Joseph Symphony, and TEDxKC. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performace at the Catholic University of America, then later earned her M.A. in Voice and M.M. in Musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman is a director, teacher, and arts administrator from Wahoo, Nebraska. Since graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in 2012, she has made Kansas City her home. She received her Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a faculty member at Benedictine College where she teaches theatre and public speaking courses. As an active teaching artist, Elizabeth has taught classes in sketch comedy, creative drama, scene study, improvisation, auditioning, stage combat, and beginning text analysis. Elizabeth has taught with The Coterie since 2012, and has worked in many theaters including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Elizabeth is the Executive Artistic Director of Kansas City Public Theatre
Aaron Branch is a comedian, writer, actor and artist. He began his acting career at the age of seven, participating in school plays and performing at The Coterie, a nationally-acclaimed children’s theater. Branch appeared in several Coterie productions including A Star Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hole in Heaven, Frindle, The Wiz and Bud, Not Buddy. Branch made his comedic debut at an open mic night when he was just 16 years old. Six months later, he won the title of “Best Comedian in Kansas City” at Stanford & Sons Comedy Club. He became a regular at the club, hosting and opening for a variety of headlining acts including Dave Coulier, Carlos Mencia, TJ Miller, Michelle Wolf, and Iliza Shlesinger.
By the time he was 17, Branch had written, produced and performed his first one-man show called The Aaron Branch Experience, which received rave reviews and was one of the top-grossing performances at the 2012 KC Fringe Festival. His next effort, Watch Me As I Go, was a unique, multi-media experience combining stand-up, poetry and original music. After graduating high school, Branch moved to Chicago to study comedic writing at Columbia College and completed his BA in Comedy Writing and Performance. While there, Branch’s love for writing and producing content continued to shine through his original podcasts Live! From My Dorm and Live! From My Apartment and his web-series Storytime with Aaron Branch. He also began writing, producing and performing with groups like Chicago’s College Class Clowns (C4), the Martin Luther King’s of Comedy and PREACH! In 2018, Branch was awarded the prestigious Bob Curry Fellowship in connection with Chicago’s Second City and NBC Universal. That same year, Branch packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles after booking a lead role in the ABC/Warner Brother television pilot spinoff of “The Middle”.
Now 25, Branch is signed to The Gersh Agency and is currently preparing the release of his debut stand-up comedy album.
Lauren Braton has appeared on The Coterie's stage in Where the Wild Things Are and Shrek the Musical. Her numerous local credits include shows at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, American Heartland, Unicorn Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Spinning Tree Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, and Musical Theater Heritage, where she was featured in Cole Porter: An Evening of Song. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, fishing, teaching voice, dressing up her chihuahua in weird outfits, and trying not to fall down.
Edwin Brown III marked his debut at the Coterie in the title role in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns. His previous performances include Romeo and Juliet at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Pericles at UMKC Theatre. He received his BFA at Howard University and is currently a third year MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Pancha Brown has loved theatre all her life. Born in Bogota, Columbia, she lived in an orphanage until being adopted by American parents who helped her learn English while watching Broadway musicals. Today, she holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Central Missouri. Pancha has been seen at The Coterie in Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. Previously, she has been seen in The King and I, and Damn Yankees (script-in-hand) at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Damn Yankees with Theatre in the Park.
Maddie Bruegger debuted in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The MusicalI at The Coterieand takes part in The Coterie’s Comedy Master Classes. Maddie is also a golf enthusiast, plays piano, clarinet, percussion, speaks Spanish, and helps backstage during school productions. She has performed in Annie, Seussical, Willy Wonka, and Beauty and the Beast at St. James Academy. Maddie is a member of the Catholic Forensics League and a National Competitor in the National Forensics League.
Georgianna Londré Buchanan has been in the audience for live theatre for as long as she can remember, and always noticed how costumes collaborated in the production. Her most recent designs at The Coterie were for Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker; Red Badge Variations; Lyle the Crocodile; Bud, Not Buddy; Shrek; Spring Awakening; Once Upon a Mattress; and Lucky Duck.
Martin Buchanan has been involved in theatre since he was twelve years old when his mother signed him up for an after school theatre program. As a former Resident Artist, Martin has appeared in numerous shows on The Coterie stage such as Night of the Living Dead; The Happy Elf; Sideways Stories from Wayside School; Our Town; Atypical Boy; Little House on the Prairie; Young Playwrights’ Festival; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Bud, Not Buddy; School House Rock; Lyle the Crocodile; Slashdance; Children of the