Teaching theatre and dance to children brings Emily Nicole Simpson great joy. As a child Emily danced with Somerset Ballet and Valley View Dance, and spent her summers at Camelot Academy, a performing arts camp. After earning a BFA in Dance, Emily taught for Kansas City Ballet and State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. She directed youth theatre and ballet programs in Durango, Colorado, before returning to the KC area to work towards earning her MA in Library Science. Emily is the Lower School Library Media Specialist at Pembroke Hill, and is thrilled to work with Coterie students this summer!

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.

Taleel Smith is a performer and teaching artist from New Jersey and who has recently made Kansas City his new home.  He received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Performance in 2017.  He has performed on the Broadway stage at Circle In the Square Theatre in New York City.  Taleel is also a dancer, writer, and poet who is driven to inspire the idea of art and performing, as well as educating. 

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.

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