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.

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.

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.