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.
Andrew Stout is in his second year as a Coterie Master Acting class student and makes his Coterie mainstage debut in The Miracle Worker. He has also been seen in West Side Story at Spinning Tree Theatre, Camelot at Starlight Theatre, Tosca at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and A Christmas Carol, Our Town, and Carousel at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Andrew attends Mill Creek Middle School in his hometown of Shawnee, KS.
Brittany Strelluf has been a teaching artist with The Coterie since 2015. Brittany has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and a Master's degree in Education from Avila University in Kansas City. She is a certified speech and theatre instructor in Missouri. Before teaching with The Coterie, Brittany was an adjunct professor at Avila University in the Intensive Language and Culture program, and served on a Teaching Advisory Board for The Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art. Brittany has performed with the Independence Messiah Chorus since 2010.
Robert John Sudhoff (B.J. to his friends) has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a BFA in acting. He recently played Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and was also seen in Macbeth. After four years Robert is excited to be back in Kansas City, and to be working with The Coterie Theatre again.