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.
Anna Sell, a Kansas City native, is a recent graduate of Nebrasksa Wesleyan University, receiving her BFA in Directing with a minor in communications. During her time there, Anna was able to direct plays that included Tribes, Crimes of the Heart, and many more. She has also taken part in many productions as a stage manager, including Death of a Salesman and Bridges of Madison County. Anna is excited to be back at The Coterie as a Teaching Artist after having been a student with them for many years.
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 Worker, Science Fiction Triple Feature, Holes, Selkie: Between Land and Sea, The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The B.F.G., Gatherings In Graveyards, Sarah 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 Talking, The 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.
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.