Andy Garrison returns to The Coterie stage in Hana's Suitcase, after having performed in The Secret Garden, Most Valuable Player, A Woman Called Truth, and BFG. Local credits include The Freak Up the Street and Voyage to Voyager at the K.C. Fringe Festival, and Annie Get Your Gun and Guys and Dolls with Musical Theater Heritage. Andy received his BA in Theatre from Baker University and his MFA in Acting and Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Enjoli Gavin makes her return to The Coterie where her professional theater career began 5yrs ago! Last time you saw her she was getting flushed down a giant toilet in The Wiz! Enjoli was most recently seen in You Can’t Take It With You and Hairspray at New Theatre. Other local credits include Bloody Mary in South Pacific (MTH), Bud, Not Buddy, Shrek the Musical (World Premier), Once Upon a Mattress, James and the Giant Peach, and Seussical (Coterie Theatre).
Brian Gehrlein is very honored to be teaching for The Coterie Theatre. In the Fall of 2011, Brian had his Coterie debut performance as Johnny in The Outsiders. He is a 2010 William Jewell graduate with a BA in Theatre Education. When he isn’t acting, teaching, talking about ideas, drinking coffee, or spending time with his beautiful wife Katherine (fellow theatre teacher!) he enjoys writing plays, short stories, and blogs. He looks forward to any and all work with The Coterie Theatre, and is very grateful to be teaching students with such a hunger to learn.
Katherine Gehrlein is a certified theatre educator and graduate student at UMKC where she studies stage management. She received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Education from William Jewell College in 2011. The theatre bug bit Katherine in high school, and she has yet to be cured. Katherine looks forward to working with Coterie students of all ages and continuing her career in theatre in the Kansas City area.
Jake Golliher returned after being in the original cast of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (2014, 2016, 2018) and an actor in The Coterie’s Dramatic Health Education Project: STDs/ HIV. He holds a BFA in Acting from Webster University. Other credits include Songs for a New World at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Bare: A Pop Opera at New Line Theatre.
Nicole Marie Greenberg made her Coterie premiere in Afflicted, Daughters of Salem. Most recently, she was seen in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Her previous credits include UMKC Theatre’s productions of Almost, Maine, directed by John Rensenhouse; Big Love, performed on the Copaken Stage; and King Lear, as part of The Discovery Project. Nicole is a native of Nyack, NY, and has earned her MFA in acting at UMKC.
Taylor Harvey earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. She frequently teaches at the Kansas Thespian Conference, as well as in various regional workshops. Around Kansas City, she has performed with Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in conjunction with the Kansas City Symphony. She recently moved to NYC, where she made her Off-Broadway debut last summer at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre.
Jill Hemann is thrilled to be working with The Coterie and has been involved in children's theatre throughout the United States before moving to Kansas City. She has previously been seen in the national tour of The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe). She has also been seen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), Phantom (Carlotta), The Lovely Liebowitz Sisters (LaVonne) in Atlantic City, Nunsense (Amnesia), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig - National Tour), and The Pirates of Penzance (Major General) among other productions. Jill holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and also holds a Master's degree in Music from Webster University.
Nora Hennessy recently completed her BFA in Musical Theatre at Missouri State University where she appeared as Serena in Legally Blonde: The Musical and in the ensembles of Pippin and Hair. She also toured with Missouri State’s children’s theatre troupe, the In-School Players. She has performed at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, MO and Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon. She has worked with young performers all across the state with TRYPS Theatre Institute at Stephens College, Summer Expeditions at Columbia College, and the Maples Rep Education Program. Her wildest dream is to have her own show on PBS Kids!