Leah Swank-Miller is excited to return to The Coterie stage after appearing in The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock earlier this season. The Coterie ignited her passion for theatre when she saw The Glass Menagerie during her freshman year of college. Leah was last seen in Nine at Spinning Tree Theatre, Parade with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Out of Order at New Theatre Restaurant. She received her BFA from Wichita State University.
Ariel Talacko made her Coterie debut in The Nine Who DaredAriel’s previous performances include Aquata in The Little Mermaid and Rosie in Cabaret at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, and as Lucy in the east coast tour of A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Ariel is a graduate of Creighton University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Dance.

Drake Taylor returns to The Coterie after appearing in the original production of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The MusicalDrake’s recent credits include School of Rock at Music Theatre Kansas City, 2016 Starlight Stars of Tomorrow at Starlight Theatre, and The Lion King at The Barstow School.

Lauren Taylor made her Coterie mainstage debut in the production of Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude. Recently she has been seen in Love and Information and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Kansas State University, and Steel Magnolias at Olathe East High School. She is currently earning her degree at Kansas State University at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Rachel Taylor earned her BA in Theatre from Missouri State University, and her Masters in Education from Avila University. She has performed with Starlight Theatre, Eubank Productions/Egads!, and various regional and community theatres. She has also dabbled in voiceover and commercial work. For the past few years Rachel has spent more time behind the scenes.  She has taught/directed/choreographed for Christian Youth Theatre, St. James Academy, Grandview High School, Lee’s Summit West High School, and Summit Theatre Group.  

Michael made his Coterie debut with And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. His past productions include Buyer and Cellar at Unicorn Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Freedom Rider at UMKC Theatre. Michael received his BA in theatre from the University of Maine, and is currently a third year MFA Acting student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Andrew Thompson's Coterie experience includes being involved with the Coterie Master Class. Previous stage experience includes Guys & Dolls at Blue Valley High School, Damn Yankees with Theater in the Park and Fiddler On the Roof with Leawood Stage Company. This fall he attends The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.

Hannah Thompson is already a veteran Coterie artist, having been in productions like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,  Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Lyle the Crocodile and Coterie Master Classes. Other stage credits include Beauty and the Beast at Liberty North High School and Anne of Green Gables at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Hannah also is apart of the N.F.L. (National Forensics League).

Rafael Toribio made his Coterie stage debut as Keokuk in The Coterie World Premiere of The Secret of Courage. Rafael returned after having worked as the set designer for We Shall Not Be Moved, and helped work on Hana’s Suitcase as a paintcharge. He also is looking forward to serving as set designer on Jack and the Bean Mágico later this season. Rafael is a current MFA Graduate candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his BA from San José State University.

Katelyn Tormena has a Masters of Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Missouri. She is a local director directing shows with The Barn Players, The Bell Road Barn Players, Blue Springs Community Theatre, and The City Theatre of Independence. She won the award for best direction of a ten-minute play at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region V Festival in 2018. She also enjoys acting, dancing, and has aspirations to attend film school in the future to explore film and television directing.