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.
Teddy Trice hopes he “can work in this business till he’s old and gray.” His past Coterie performances include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lyle the Crocodile, and The Wiz. Other recent credits include The Island with Kansas City Actors Theatre, The Brothers Size with Unicorn Theatre, and Lucky Stuff with Ozark Actors Theatre. Teddy is a graduate of Drury University where he received his BA in Theatre. He is a die hard Chiefs fan and he enjoys watching KU Men’s Basketball: Rock Chalk!
Melissa Trierweiler is an actor, director, and teaching artist based in Kansas City, MO. She is originally from Columbia, MO, where she received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in 2016. Since her graduation she has worked as a professional teaching artist and director at many places including TRYPS Children’s Theatre Institute (Columbia, MO), Presser Arts Center (Mexico, MO), and of course The Coterie Theatre here in Kansas City! She has taught many different ages of students, ranging from three years old to college aged! She has also directed full length plays and musicals including Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Dinosaurs Before Dark: Kids! When not teaching or directing, Melissa also loves to perform onstage as an actor and singer! She has been seen in a few local productions, her favorites include The Belfast Girls at Fishtank Theatre and Mirrors: A Staged Reading with Bodhi Theatre. She has also performed at the Okoboji Summer Theatre and the Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre in Iowa since leaving college. When not teaching, Melissa can still be found working at The Coterie as a box office assistant, house manager, and peer educator with the Dramatic STD/HIV Project.
Bradley Alan Turner’s Coterie credits include The Wiz, Once Upon a Mattress and All of Us. Other past performances include Ruined at Unicorn Theatre, Drums in the Night at UMKC Theatre, and Anansi the Spider and The Middle Passage and Black Cowboy in the Old West for Theatre for Young America. Bradley is a graduate of the UMKC theatre program.
Jacob Valle has been seen in multiple productions at The Coterie including Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium-The Musical, No Talking and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Jacob has recently been seen in Crazy for You with Garland Summer Musicals, Les Misérables at Collin College, and Measure for Measure at Drury University, where he attended college. Jacob now uses his education to teach acting and direct musicals
Tara Varney is an actor, singer, director, playwright, producer, and the head of the Theatre department at Kansas City Academy (grades 6-12). Some favorite roles include Carrie's mother in Egads Theatre's Carrie the Musical, Agnes in I Do! I Do!, Percy in Spitfire Grill, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa. She has written and directed shows each year for the Kansas City Fringe Festival since 2008, including KHAAAAAN! The Musical, the original opera Red Death, and Voyage to Voyager. Tara is the recipent of an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, had a four-month-long experimental exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and has been a Dickens Caroler for over a decade. Tara has been a teaching artist for The Coterie since 2007.
Bethany Vermillion is a playwright, actress, director, costume designer, and teacher who just graduated with a BA in Theatre from Southwest Baptist University. Bethany has worked as a teaching assistant at the Starlight Theatre and an intern for Kansas City Young Audiences. During college, Bethany worked as the costume shop supervisor for her theatre, and designed costumes for four shows including Inventing Van Gogh and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also acted in several shows, including the title role in Medea, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. After being chosen as a student director, Bethany directed SBU’s production of Wit. Her original play, For Such a Time as This, was a regional semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2018, and premiered on the SBU stage in April 2019. Outside of college productions, Bethany wrote, produced, and starred in a modern-literary web series adaptation of Little Women called The Attic Series. This fall, Bethany will continue pursuing her education through the Arts Leadership in Management Master’s program with Wichita State University.