Julie Shaw has appeared at The Coterie in Once Upon a Mattress and Lucky Duck at The Coterie and off Broadway at The New Victory a Theatre in NYC. Local credits include productions at Spinning Tree Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, Quality Hill Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, American Heartland Theatre and Chestnut Fine Arts. Julie resides in Overland Park with her two kids, Jack and Caroline and wonderful husband, who still has a full, luscious head of hair.
Cindy K. Siefers is proud to make Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott her debut production at The Coterie, where she and her family have been long-time supporters and fans. Elsewhere in Kansas City, Cindy has appeared in Where the Hell’s the Bridesmaid????? in the KC Fringe, The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines for KC Melting Pot, and Fox on the Fairway for Paradise Playhouse. Cindy started out singing in her father’s church and went on to study voice at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. After spending some time doing T.V.
Judy Simmons made her Coterie stage debut in Tomas and the Library Lady, after serving as a teaching artist for a variety of The Coterie's acting classes, including Welcome To Musical Theatre, Advanced Musical Theatre, Acting Techniques, and Audition Lab. Other recent productions include Between The Lines and Sunday in the Park with George at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Chruch Basement Ladies and Church Basement Ladies, A Second Helping at Chestnut Fine Arts Center, The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre, and her solo show P.S. I Love You Sondheim at Quality Hill Playhouse. She has been a cabaret performer, actress, and teacher in Washington, DC, for over 25 years. Judy taught at American and Catholic unversities and enjoyed directing numerous cabarets for local artists. She directed musicals at Montgomery College, Catholic University, and other groups. Judy was also fortunate to have coached many high school students for their college entrance auditions.
Karen Slagle is a Kansas City native who recently moved back to the KC area after living on Cape Cod, MA, where she taught special education and third grade for 30+ years. She holds a B.S.Ed in Elementary/Special Education from University of Central Missouri, and a M.A.Ed in Language & Literacy from Simmons College, Boston, MA. Karen founded the Falcon Theatre Company, a 4th-8th grade theatre program in 2002, in Sandwich, MA, with the desire to encourage young people to get involved in youth drama. Her productions incude Annie, Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Enchanted Sleeping Beauty, High School Musical: On Stage, Pocahontas, Seussical, Jr., and The Little Mermaid, Jr. to name a few! Karen also writes Readers Theatre scripts, teaches Readers Theatre classes, and directs both adult and children's Readers Theatre productions.
Anna May Smith is a teaching artist, comedian, writer and actress. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theatre Performance and a love for comedy. She is a member of the professional cast at ComedyCity, and has been performing short and long form improv, musical and sketch comedy there since 2011. Through ComedyCity, she was able to start coaching with Operation: Show! A non-profit organization that teaches improv comedy to high school students, while raising money for their drama and forensics departments.
Charlie Spillers made his Coterie debut as Uncle Frank in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Local credits include A Christmas Carol and Antony and Cleopatra at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and King Lear with Kansas City Actors Theatre. Originally from Miami, Florida, he is currently earning his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Michelle Staub graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Before joining The Coterie she toured nationally with The Omaha Theatre Company, taught and directed at Performer's Edge Academy in Omaha, NE, as well as various theatrers in the Kansas City Metro. Her specialties are creative drama, musical theatre choreography, and youth musical directing. She loves learning from and creating with her students!
Stefanie Stevens is elated to be making her premiere performance at The Coterie. Stefanie’s most recent performance credits include Flowers in the Wardrobe with Whim Productions, Damn Yankees at Theatre in the Park, and Godspell and The Rocky Horror Show with Egads! Theatre Company. Stefanie lives in KC and enjoys dancing, drawing and movies.
Fisher Stewart made his debut at The Coterie in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, and later was seen in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical, and Tuck Everlasting. He also is a member of The Coterie’s Acting Master class. Other recent credits include She Loves Me at Musical Theater Heritage, All Shook Up at Music Theatre Kansas City, and Camp Rock at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park.
Kristopher Stoker’s stage credits include The Spiritualist, The 39 Steps, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, and My Father’s War (Theatresquared); An Ideal Husband, Othello, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Seagull, Twelfth Night (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Love Song, Gertrude Stein Plays Paris, and Picasso At The Lapin Agile (ArkansasStaged). Film credits include: In Sickness and In Health and Paranoia. Kristopher studied improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade in NY. He has been a teaching artist with Trike Theatre for Youth, TheatreSquared, and The Cincinnati Shakspare Company. Kristopher is currently an Instructor of Theatre at Park University and The Art Institute International in Kansas City.