Loren Wendelburg joined The Coterie family with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Loren’s credits include The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare Exploration, Hershel & The Hannukkah Goblins at Paul Mesner Puppets, and Beauty and the Beast at The Culture House. Loren also enjoys puppetry, drawing, and reading.
Chase Wheaton-Werle is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the University of Tulsa where he also worked as Teaching Assistant for the Musical Theatre Performance course. In the year since his graduation, Chase has enjoyed performing in Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Peterborough, New Hampshire; and several locations in the New England area. As an actor, Chase's top favorite roles have included Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, and Matt in Altar Boyz. As a theatre educator, Chase's credits include Theatre Education Intern with Starlight Theatre, Assistant Director in a number of productions with Music Theatre Kansas City, and Actor/Educator with Children's Stage Adventures. Chase is very excited to be back in Kansas City and to help young artists hone their crafts!
Megan Wherley designed the set for The Coterie’s first production of The Wiz, she also designed sets for Bridge to Terabithia and the world premiere of Life on the Mississippi. Other credits include scenic designer for Harvest Cry at Freedom Valley Worship Center in Gettysburg, PA, and The King Stag at UMKC Theatre. She was also the property master for Farragut North at Unicorn Theatre.
Stefanie Wienecke has appeared on The Coterie stage in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Once Upon A Mattress, and the Dramatic Health Education Project. Other local credits include Carrie at Egads!, Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant, Bernstein’s Broadway for Musical Theater Heritage, and Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre. Stefanie has a degree in songwriting and her own jewelry line, which can be found at two local stores.
R.H. Wilhoit made his Coterie debut as Pigpen in A Charlie Brown Christmas after having been seen in Bed Play at The Living Room, Hamlet at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Theatre for Young America. Hollis returned to The Coterie stage after playing a remarkable number of roles in PUFFS or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Hollis is also a troupe member of The Coterie's Dramatic STD/HIV Project. He most recently performed to acclaim in the one-person show Every Brilliant Thing at Spinning Tree, Milking Christmas, at The Living Room, and The Little Prince with Mesner Puppet Theatre. He received his BA in Theatre at Drury University. In his spare time he enjoys writing, cartooning, and playing the piano.
Matthew J. Williamson made his debut on our mainstage in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. Previous credits include Twelfth Night with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea with Crown City Theatre in Los Angeles, and Come Back Little Sheba at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. He receved his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at University of California-Los Angeles after completing his Bachelors in Theatre at Missouri State University.
Michael Shawn Wilson made his Coterie debut in Hana's Suitcase. Previously, he appeared in Of Mice and Men with Morrison Theatre Company, The Actor’s Nightmare with Colorado Stage Company, and Wings with Aurora Fox Theatre. Michael attended Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, and has appeared in over 40 plays and musicals from Los Angeles to New York and all over the Midwest. He currently works in independent films and commercials.
Donovan Woods was last seen on The Coterie stage as Marty the Zebra in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and To Whom it May Inspire.
Shelley Wyche has happily served as a Coterie Teaching Artist since 2003. Her classes have ranged from fairy tales with six year-olds to directing teenagers in Coterie performance camps. Shelley recently earned her Master's degree in Applied Theatre at University of London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has made theatre with children across the UK and South Africa. A professional actress, her Kansas City roles include Romeo and Juliet, The Giver, Our Town, Spring Awakening, Vincent in Brixton, and Amadaeus. As a child, Shelley got her brothers to act out stories with her by agreeing to play flag football first. She still throws a mean spiral, but she'll tell you that theatre is way more fun.