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).
Ty Carter is an Olathe native, and studied theatre at Stephens College. His Coterie premier was Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.. His other credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Fox on the Fairway at Okoboji Summer Theatre and Uncle Vanya at Macklanburg Playhouse.
Christopher Jon Carlson is a Kansas City-based actor and teaching artist. He has trained with theatre industry professionals in New York and London and worked with Tony Award-winning directors and creatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with Honors, a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communication, and an Honors College Certificate from the University of Missouri. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Recent regional credits include Ragtime, Rhinoceros, and Shakespeare In Love at the Asolo Rep. He has toured Florida performing Shakespeare in schools and facilitating talkback conversations with students through the Asolo New Stages initiative. Kansas City performance credits include Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at The Coterie Theatre and Lysistrata Jones, Godspell, and Carrie The Musical with Egads! Theatre Company. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Spencer Christensen debuted at The Coterie with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. He loves to sing, play harmonica, and is an avid NFL and Kentucky basketball fan. Other credits include: A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Caucasian Chalk Circle with UMKC Theatre, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged Revised for Riverside Theatre.
Amanda Clark is an actor, theatre educator, choreographer, and director. She holds a BA in Acting Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a MFA in Acting Performance from Louisiana State University. Amanda loves theatre education and has a passion for passing on the love of acting to the next generation of storytellers.
Darrington Clark returns to The Coterie stage in We Shall Not Be Moved - The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. He was last seen at The Coterie as Odie in Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude and Madagascar- A Musical Adventure as Kowalski the penguin. Other theatre credits include Hospital Ghost in Ghost the Musical with Circa 21 and Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad at Children’s Theater of Madison. Darrington was a student of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude director Jerry Jay Cranford at K-State University.
Mosha Clyma has appeared in several Coterie productions, including Lyle the Crocodile, Shrek, and Children of the Damned Corn. She is also a member of The Coterie's Master Class program. Elsewhere, Mosha performed in Carousel at the Kansas City Rep/Living Room Theatre, Aladdin Junior at Starlight Theatre, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Theatre for Young America, and The Music Man at the Kansas City Symphony. She is currently a student at Raytown High School.
Kali Coates is a teaching artist, performer, and director new to the Kansas City area. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance in 2018. Understanding the importance of being a well-rounded theatre artist, Kali has had experience with technical theatre focusing on stage management and props design, as well as directing and performance coaching. Some of her favorite roles as a performer have been in touring productions for elementary schools: Fishing for a Change, Impawssible Pals, and In Search of Sunshine.
Jason Coats is a career educator and artist born and raised in the Kansas City area. He has performed in and directed for theaters all over the metro area, including The Coterie's joint performance of the regional premiere of Newsies with the White Theatre. He had the honor of serving as Education Director for The Barn Players Theatre for 12 years, developing and overseeing all of their youth programming. With an MA in education from UMKC, he has taught theatre and other content areas for the last 20 years in the Kansas City, Kansas, and Shawnee Mission school districts, with experience in grades K-12. He has also performed with the Heartland Men's Chorus, Kansas City's gay men's chorus, for 13 years, and Jason is excited to join the directing staff for The Coterie's Project Pride this year.