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.
Christi Coffey holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State. She is a professional actress who has performed at The MET, Egads!, and The Living Room. She taught preschool for many years which is where she found her love of teaching children. Christi was a full time nanny for 5 years, until recently when she decided to involve herself in more teaching opportunities.
Khrystal L. Coppage made her Coterie debut in We Shall Not Be Moved - The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. Khrystal returns to The Coterie after having taken part in the Dramatic Health Education Program: STDs/HIV. Other recent performances include Striking Beauty at the Kansas City Fringe Festival and performing with The Mystery Train dinner theatre. She has a degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Liberal Arts and a minor in Family Studies.
Walter Coppage has performed on The Coterie stage for over 25 years since My Children! My Africa! in 1993, also performing in Becoming Martin, The Miracle Worker, James and The Giant Peach, Our Town, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Giver, Valley Song, Frankenstein, and Green Eggs and Ham. He has also appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Spinning Tree Theatre. His work in feature films includes: All Creatures Here Below, In The Wake Of Ire, Goodland, Jayhawkers, Destination: Planet Negro, The Profit, The Only Good Indian, If Night Comes and Last Ounce Of Courage. His TV credits include: Detroiters (Comedy Central), Chicago Med (NBC), Gone In The Night (CBS), The Only Witness (Lifetime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), 12 Days of Giving (UP TV), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), Truman (HBO). He has also directed productions for Kansas City Actors Theatre (The Island), Spinning Tree Theatre (Black Pearl Sings), and The Coterie (Hana’s Suitcase). Upcoming: A Christmas Carol and Pride And Prejudice at KC Rep.
Robert E. Coppage III make his Coterie debut as Eugene Conrad in We Shall Not Be Moved- The Student Sit-Ins of 1960. He has previously performed with The Mystery Train dinner theatre and is excited to be making his Coterie debut.
Jerry Jay Cranford will make his Coterie debut with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Previous credits include Big River at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Les Miserables and Shrek with MUNY of St. Louis. Also he was part of the Broadway and national tour of Les Miserables. Jerry moved from LA to Brookside area in 2007 and currently is a professor at Kansas State University.
Coleman Crenshaw is an actor, a teacher, and sometimes a clown. Coleman has appeared onstage at the Coterie in Bridge to Teribithia and Number the Stars as well as other local theatres including: The MET, The Fishtank, TYA, The Living Room, and others. He holds a BA in Theatre from Sterling College and an MFA in Performance and Society from Rhode Island College. When not teaching little ones, he impersonates Harpo Marx occasionally appearing at parties and corporate events with his brothers.
Jacob Aaron Cullum appeared on stage at The Coterie in Number the Stars. Other credits include The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant, Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre, Bare: a Pop Opera at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Unicorn Theatre. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys song writing, making funny movies, drinking coffee & playing FIFA 2K12. www.jacobaaroncullum.com.
Emma “Em” Cunningham (They/She) recently graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance and American Sign Language Interpreting from William Woods University. This fall they will be move to New York to work as an ASL Interpreter while attending evening conservatory classes at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. They have recently been an associate teaching artist with KC Repertory Theatre's Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble (SYTE) and are looking forward to coming back to their roots at The Coterie! They grew up attending workshops and camps at The Coterie, so they are very excited to get to work with a new generation of theatre artists.