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.
Brad Foster is an accompanist and Musical Director with more than 25 years of experience. His local credits include accompanying productions such as Mary Poppins, Pippin,and The Sound of Music with Liberty Public Schools, working as a Teaching Artist for Take-A-Bow and Stars of Tomorrow summer camps with Starlight Theater, playing keyboard in the Blue Star Awards ceremony band, and most recently, acting as Musical Director and Pit Director/Musician for Starlight Express with Spinning Tree Theater. He is excited to be joining The Coterie family
Joseph Fournier debuted at The Coterie in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Joseph has a MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Schoolcraft College, and a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Previously, Joseph has also been seen in Harvey at Kansas Repertory Theatre, Gunplay at Fishtank Performance Studio, and Stones in His Pockets at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
Jordan Fox is a proud resident of Kansas City, professional actor, director, and teacher. He graduated from Greenville College (now Greenville University) in 2007 with a BA in Communication: Theatre and a Music minor. After graduation, Jordan studied with George Cron (A Class Act Studios in Springfield, MO) and focused those studies into a professional acting career which began in 2008. He is a life-long learner and has found a renewed drive in working with children, starting with his work as a puppeteer with StoneLion Puppet Theatre in 2013, and continuing to this day as an Educator at Science City, where he has worked for over two years. Jordan has been a teaching artist with The Coterie since 2018.
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.