Audition Lab

For Grades 5-7 and 8-12


For Grades 5-7 and Grades 8-12

Audition Lab is a great way to prepare for upcoming auditions! With the help of a professional teaching artist, students will choose audition monologues that match their age, personality, and individual audition needs. Students will prepare a monologue, develop successful strategies for cold readings, and learn how to create a professional resume. The final class includes a special audition with Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director, or a member of The Coterie staff, for youth roles in the upcoming Coterie season. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Master Class.

  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (CDT) (Grades 5-7)
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (CDT) (Grades 8-12)



Meet the Teaching Artists - Jordan Fox

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.


Jordan will teach Audition Lab for Grades 5-7 April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30am

Meet the Teaching Artists - Shawna Downing

Shawna Downing is a 2012 graduate of Avila University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Communications.  She continuously works as a professional actor and teaching artist with various youth-centered organizations in Kansas City.  Shawna has been seen on many Kansas City stages including The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theater, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre for Young America, and KC MeltingPot Theatre.  Shawna loves to spend her time, energy, and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating, and giving back.  She lives to create and perform quality work that inspires, entertains, and educates.


Shawna will teach Audition Lab for Grades 8-12 April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30am

Meet the Teaching Artsts - Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer received his MA in actor training and coaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and his BA in drama from the University of Michigan. He has taught and coached actors at the University of Michigan (Flint, Ann Arbor), Arts Educational School of Acting (London), Rose Bruford College (London), Acting Coach Scotland (Glasgow), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His passion is in teaching and learning from actors of all ages, and helping to facilitate them to achieve their dreams.

Austing will teach Audition Lab for Grades 5-7 
-April 9 - May 14: Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm
-April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm

Meet the Teaching Artists - Lacy Cunningham

Lacy Cunningham is a teaching artist, director, teacher, playwright, and Education Assistant for The Coterie. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2007 with a BA in Theatre and also holds a MA in Education through Avila University. Lacy has been coaching, directing, choreographing, and designing productions for middle and high school theatre for years; her greatest passion is to hep develop a creative spark in youth of all ages. In her free time, she loves to explore improvisational acting, write one-act scripts, and do yoga.

Lacy will teach Audition Lab for Grades 8-12 April 9 - May 14: Thursdays 6:35-8:05pm

Meet the Teaching Artists - Bailey Ellis


Bailey Ellis first stepped onto the stage when she was 11 years old and never looked back. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre and Marketing. Bailey has worked with multiple theatres in Kansas City and is a company puppeteer for StoneLion Puppets. When she isn’t teaching at The Coterie, Bailey works as a local Makeup Artist. Bailey has fallen in love with KC and enjoys finding new coffee shops, going to markets, and walking her dog around the beautiful parks with her husband.


Bailey will teach Audition Lab for Grades 8-12 April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm