Ali Tallman is a Miami based theatre director, writer, movement director, and producer. Ali believes that a broadly developed skill set is invaluable for artists. She has worked in many artistic capacities throughout her career, including as an actor, costume designer, stage manager, dramaturg, and fight choreographer. She is a founding Co-Artistic Director of &Sons Theatre, an ensemble-driven theatre company in Santa Fe, NM. She has been a company member at Theater Grottesco and a repertory company member at The International Shakespeare Center. Ali has also worked at Theatre Delicatessen in London, where she engaged with and was deeply inspired by the work of international nontraditional and movement-based theatre makers. Ali is a graduate of The University of Georgia (BA Theatre, Certificate British and Irish Studies) and the acting apprenticeship program at Out of Box Theatre in Atlanta, GA. She founded a children’s theatre at The University of Georgia during her time as a student, and loves creating theatre with artists of all ages.

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.

Mackenzie Goodwin Tran is an actor, director, and writer. She was inspired to work in theatre by her mom, who is also a director.  After seeing her first play, she remembers that it was very exciting to know that something unexpected could happen at any moment! Mackenzie was a production assistant at The Coterie for Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, though she has worked at many theatres in Kansas City, including The Living Room, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and the Kansas City Ballet. This summer, she will be attending the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York. Mackenzie is a reporter for HowlRound.com, and is the artistic director of the Westport Center for the Arts Theatre.

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