In Memoriam

The Coterie mourns the loss of Joette Pelster, who passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022. Joette had a lengthy and distinguished arts administration career that included serving as The Coterie's Executive Director for 28 years. Having also worked as marketing director for the Folly Theater, the first executive director of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA), and assisting Pat Jordan in the 1997 restoration and reopening of the Gem Theater, her achievements were many and her impact on the performing arts in Kansas City was immense.

In memoriam, the family requests donations go to The Joette Pelster Visionary Fund at The Coterie Theatre to commemorate her legacy as a Kansas City arts visionary. This fund will help ensure that Joette's vision of sustainable Coterie programming and performance space improvements that benefit area families will be realized. Her inspiration helped drive The Coterie for nearly 30 years, and gifts in her honor will impact for many more.


Share a Chair With Joette
Upgrading the audience experience was always on Joette’s mind, and we want to honor her by having her name on every new Coterie chair. For a $1,000 gift, you can have your name paired with hers for years to come and provide a comfortable space for families and students. There are a limited number of seats available, but we will accommodate as many as possible. 

Joette's Heroes
Regardless of the size of your gift, all Visionary Fund donors will be listed in The Coterie lobby as a reminder of the legacy of Joette and the many lives she touched.


CLICK HERE to donate to The Joette Pelster Visionary Fund at The Coterie

Checks may be made payable to The Coterie Theatre, and addressed to The Coterie Theatre, ATTN: Joette Pelster Visionary Fund, 2450 Grand Blvd. Suite 144, Kansas City MO, 64108