Christopher Bueno has recently been seen in the following productions; West Side Story at Blue Springs South High School, and Grease as well as Aladdin Junior at Moreland Ridge Middle School. When Christopher is not performing, he sings at various nursing homes and retirement communities throughout the Metro area. Currently, Christopher is a student at Blue Springs South High School. Christopher has made his debut with the Coterie in the production, Lyle the Crocodile.

Ai Vy Bui has appeared on The Coterie stage in The Miracle Worker and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Previously, she was seen in Junie B. Jones at Theatre for Young America, Not With A Bang, but a Whimper at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Lovesick during the 2015 Fringe Festival, The Butcher’s Son at The Buffalo Room, and Avenue Q at The Barn Players.

Cam Burns was seen at The Coterie in the orginal cast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, and an understudy for Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium- The Musicalas well as The Coterie’s performance camp production of Bugsy Malone, JrOther credits include Chainsaw: The Musical and Eurydice at The Living Room Theatre and 13 The Musical with The Barn Players.

Marek Burns made his Coterie debut with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, he is excited to be in another show with his brother, Cam. Like his brother, Marek has taken many classes with The Coterie over the years. Previous productions include School of Rock with Music Theatre Kansas City, Camelot at Starlight Theatre, and A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Reperatory Theatre.

Melody Butler has been a Teaching Artist at The Coterie and Starlight Theatre since 2009. She has served as a Coterie Master Acting Teacher and has worked in the Education, Marketing, and Front of House departments. She has taught theatre and dance for a over a decade and loves it more every day. Melody is proud to also direct for The Coterie's summer program.  She hopes not only to inspire those she meets but to be inspired by them as well.

Rachel Cain made the move to Kansas City in 2006 from Michigan, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in performance. She was a transplant to Michigan, however, from her home in Cape Girardeau, MO., where she also earned BX degree in Speech and Theatre Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Since making the move to Kansas City, she has been lucky enough to perform and teach for many area theaters including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She also spent two years as an instructor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where she had the opportunity to create such courses as Period Styles and Voice and Movement while directing productions and spearheading original productions. Rachel was thrilled to join the Pembroke Hill community in 2010. She teaches performing arts courses (Theatre Arts, Acting, Advanced Scene Study, Repertory Theatre, and Elements of Theatrical Design) in the upper school. She also directs the fall play, spring musical, and serves as faculty sponsor for the Pembroke Hill International Thespian Society troupe.

Raes Calvert first came to The Coterie starring as Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a show that has taken him across North America. Raes is born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he runs a theatre company, Hardline Productions. He is a recipient of a Jessie Richardson theatre award and is a graduate of Studio 58’s theatre training program at Langara College. 

Elise Campagna returned to The Coterie in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical after making her Coterie stage debut during the 2016 run. She has also served as a Coterie teaching artist as well as a peer educator for The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/ HIV. Past credits include Evil Dead with Padget Productions, The Crucible with The Barn Players, and Antigone at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. She has a degree from the University of Indianapolis in Theatre and Creative Writing. In her spare time she enjoys writing, watercoloring, teaching, and playing the ukulele.


Linda A. Carson made her Cotere debut in Where The Wild Things Are. She is a graduate of Vancouver’s Studio 58, has been a professional actor and writer for 25 years. She has acted in theatres across Canada and written several plays, including Dying to Be Thin (Jessie Award), Mom’s The Word (co-wrote, Jesse Award), George And Martha (Adapted from James Marshal) and Jack and the Beanstalk (YPT).

Emma Carter is a playwright, actress, and teaching artist currently based in Kansas City, MO.  She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Music from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.  Emma teaches drama classes and camps and leads Reaching the Write Minds playwriting workshops for The Coterie.  She also teaches drama and basic ballet through Kansas City Young Audiences, The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, and Tippi Toes Kansas City.  Emma is a year-round cast member of the Dinner Detective Kansas City, a member of the Midwest Dramatists Center, a standardized patient with KUMC and UMKC, and is currently signed with Exposure Model & Talent.  Her work Role Play was recently presented online by KC Public Theatre.  For more information visit