Francisco Javier Villegas has appeared in numerous Coterie productions including Tomás and The Library Lady, A Year with Frog and Toad; Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The Wiz; Red Badge Variations; The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – The Musical; Lucky Duck; U:BUG:Me; Once On This Island; A Separate Peace; and Twice Upon a Time: The Lorax & The Emperor’s New Clot
Caroline Vuchetich made her Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Previously, she appeared in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Learned Ladies and Freedom Rider at UMKC Theatre. Caroline is a native of Kansas City and is currently working towards her MFA at University of Missouri-Kansas City after earning her BFA at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Jessica Wagner has earned her master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas and her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and is a certified music teacher in Missouri for students K-12. She has enjoyed performing in operas, musicals, and concerts on stages both locally and internationally. She cannot wait to be able to share her love of music and theatre with the students at The Coterie this summer!
Vincent Wagner has been seen at The Coterie as Schroeder in both of the sold-out runs of A Charlie Brown Christmas. He made his debut many years ago as Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Cynthia Levin, and as a youhg actor also worked at the KC Rep and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Vincent has also appeared in Equus at The Living Room, Romeo & Juliet at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Inspecting Carol and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical at Unicorn Theatre. For the KC Fringe Festival, he has been seen in DADA is Dead, Long Live DADA! (which he also co-wrote). He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in New York City, and recently completed his MFA in Acting & Directing at UMKC, where he has taught classes both as a graduate teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor. Vincent's work with The Coterie includes teaching classes for many different age levels and working as a Teaching Artist for the recent productions of And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns, The Nine Who Dared and We Shall Not Be Moved.
Jake Walker has been in many productions at The Coterie, recently seen in Jack and the Bean Mágico!, Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016), Cat in the Hat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Red Badge Variations, and Playing for Time.
Thomas A. Waller returns to The Coterie mainstage in We Shall Not Be Moved: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. Tommy made his Coterie debut as Govenor Faubus in The Nine Who Dared. Other recent credits include Oedipus Rex with the Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, The Tempest at Just Off Broadway Theatre and Buck Hoss in the KC Fringe Festival. Tommy also performs regularly as an improvisor at Comedy City and is a member of KansasCity Improv Thunderdome Competitions’ season 17 championship troupe ‘Free Guac?!’
Hughston Walkinshaw previously appeared at The Coterie in Tale Tell Poe, Spring Awakening and The Outsiders. Other credits include A Christmas Carol in NTC Productions’ East Coast Tour and The Dresser, The Pillowman and Spring Awakening at Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre, of which he is a founding member. He holds a BFA in Theatre from SUNY Purchase Theatre Conservatory and enjoys writing, tennis and movies from the ‘70s.
Antonia Washington has appeared at The Coterie in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Free to be You and Me. Other local credits include To Kill A Mockingbird at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Darker Face of the Earth with UMKC Theatre. A native of Kansas City, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She sends a special thank you to Mr. Rackers and her LSW Theatre family.
Daniel C. Warneke is the Resident Sound Designer for the Coterie and has most recently designed sound for the following Coterie productions; Bud, Not Buddy, Slashdance, Tell-Tale Electric Poe, Shrek, Spring Awakening, Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, and Once Upon a Mattress.
Grant Wayman is a teaching artist, facilitator, and performer who recently received his MFA in Theatre for Youth and Communities at Arizona State University. Grant's interests include devising original work with and for young people as well as arts and culture-based community development. As part of Grant's thesis project, he devised Mr. Dave's Treasure Chest, an imaginative solo performance that offers young children, ages 3-5, a unique and hands-on theatrical experience exploring interactive play, empathy, and imagination. While in Arizona, Grant worked with the young artists of Rising Youth Theatre to devise The Kid's Table, an original production in grown up conversations. He performed and facilitated in Sojurn Theatre's The Race, a movement-based and interactive performance held on the campus of Arizona State University during the election of 2016. While at ASU, Grant worked on a partnership with the city of Phoenix to create a Youth Arts and Cultural Council comprised of teen artists that created arts advocacy programming including a devised performance that advocated at Phoenix city budget hearings for greater arts funding. Grant is excited to be back in Kansas City and create with young artists in the area.