Justen Willhite is a teaching artist, teacher, and playwright. He graduated from Ball State University in 2021 with a BS in Theatre Education, and is the Theatre Director for Antioch Middle School at North Kansas City Schools. Justen has also directed and assistant-directed productions for Ball State's mainstage season, the Burris Laboratory School, and throughout Liberty Public Schools. In his free time, Justen loves exploring stories through tabletop roleplaying games and writing plays!
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.
Meredith Wolfe was born in Milwaukee, raised in Las Vegas, but found “home” in Kansas City. She has a BA in theatre performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As an actor, Meredith has graced the stages of many local theaters including Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, and Kansas City Actors Theatre. As a teaching artist, Meredith has worked with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer camps, The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, Mesner Puppet Theater, and is thrilled to be a part of the team here at The Coterie. When not teaching or performing, she can be found taking in the sights and smells at the Kansas City Zoo, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or lounging at home with her Wolfpack (spouse, two cats, and a dog).
Brianna Renee Woods makes her Coterie debut in Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude and it is going to be paw-some! Recent local stage credits include A Raisin In The Sun and A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Big River at Musical Theater Heritage.
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.
Zachrey York is proud to be back on the Coterie stage after having been in the original cast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018). Zachrey has recently been on stage in local productions such as Go, Dog, Go! with Mesner Puppet Theater, and It’s a Wonderful Life at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. He attended Central Michigan University and earned his degree in Musical Theatre Performance.
Dianne Yvette has previously been seen on The Coterie stage in The Miracle Worker and Freedom Sisters. She has also appeared in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Reperatory Theatre, Goat Song with the Westport Center for the Arts Theatre, Eurydice at The Living Room Theatre, Hamlet at Kansas City Actors Theatre, and starring in the title role of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Unicorn Theatre.