Jazlyn Epps is extremely excited to be a part of The Coterie's teaching artist program! She was most recently seen on The Coterie stage in Puffs and was a member of The Coterie's STD/HIV prevention programJazlyn recently earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Avila University where she was seen as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown. Although her passion is singing and acting, she is extremely passionate on sharing her love for the arts to all ages and educating others on mental health awareness. She has also been involved in two placed short films in Kansas City's 48 Hour Film Festival.  Jazlyn is so anxious to make her mark here in Kansas City on the stage and in classrooms. 

Alisha Espinosa got her jump start on the stage when her seventh grade teacher Mrs. Hensel cast her in Bye, Bye Birdie, her first production. Alisha has also been seen at The Coterie in To Whom it May Inspire, and Afflicted, Daughters of Salem. Past performances include Pericles at UMKC Theatre, Our Town with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Echoes of Octavia for KCMelting Pot. Alisha’s hometown is Canadensis, PA, and she is a MFA Acting student at UMKC.

Ray Ettinger has worked with The Coterie Theatre for many years. He appeared on The Coterie stage in such shows as The Seven Dwarfs, Wind in the Willows, and 101 Dalmatians. He also taught the Musical Theater Skills class for several years. He has played the piano for School House Rock, Live and other shows, and accompanies Coterie musical classes.

Steven Eubank returns to The Coterie for his thirteenth production, after enjoying last summer as Skipper in Madagascar- A Musical Adventure.

José Faus marked his first Coterie production in Tomas and The Library Lady. He was recently seen in Wiccans in the Hood on the Unicorn’s stage during during the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Originally from Colombia, José recieved his degrees in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and creative writing/ journalism from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. To see more of José’s work, visit his website at www.caridostudio.com.

Zach Faust has been seen in Coterie productions such as No Talking and Hana’s Suitcase. His local credits include Evil Dead The Musical with Egads! Theatre, Shrek the Musical with Gladstone Theatre in the Park, and Kiss Me, Kate at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Zach is a graduate of Winnetonka High School. In his spare time, Zach enjoys script writing as well as directing with his own company, Faust Theatre.

Daniel Fleming marked his Coterie debut in And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. His past performances include A Christmas Carol with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Unicorn Theatre, and The Learned Ladies at UMKC Theatre,  where he received his BA and is now a third year MFA Acting student.

 

Shelby Floyd returns to The Coterie for Schoolhouse Rock Live! after previously appearing in Seussical the Musical and Spring Awakening. Other local credits include Tell Me on a Sunday at Egads Theatre, Hello, Dolly at Musical Theatre Heritage, and Hello Again at Spinning Tree Theatre.

Eboni Fondren makes her Coterie debut in Bud, Not Buddy. Other recent credits include A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Hairspray at the New Theatre Restaurant. Eboni is a professional jazz singer with her group “Eboni and the Ivories.” She graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in Business Communication.

George L. Forbes returns to The Coterie having been in Becoming Martin, Tuck Everlasting, Buffalo Hair, Little Tommy Parker and the Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Gatherings in Graveyards, The Glass Menagerie, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Locally he has been seen in A Solidier’s Play with The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City; Destination: Planet Negro!, a film by Kevin Willmott with Hodcarrier Films; and has performed at KC MeltingPot Theatre and In Play.

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