Audition Lab

For Incoming Grades 5th-12th


This class is a great way to prepare yourself 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 use the week to 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.

For Grades 5th-7th:

  • July 13-17: 9:00am-12:00pm (CDT) – Liberty IN-PERSON

For Grades 6th-8th:

  • July 20-24: 12:30pm-3:30pm (CDT) – Pembroke IN-PERSON; Register at

For Grades 8th-12th:

  • July 13-17: 9:00am-12:00pm (CDT) – Liberty IN-PERSON - REGISTRATION CLOSED

For Grades 9th-12th:

  • July 20-24: 12:30pm-3:30pm (CDT) – Pembroke IN-PERSON; Register at



Meet the Teaching Artists - Erin Ivanov

Erin Ivanov is a teaching artist, performer, and director who graduated from Missouri State University in 2004 with a BA in Theatre and Communication and an emphasis in Children’s Theatre. She was involved in the theatre from a very young age performing in church plays and then plays and musicals in high school and college. In college, she was the leader for a traveling drama ministry group and was also a part of a children’s storytelling troupe. Her biggest theatre passion lies in directing and teaching. She has directed one-acts in both high school and college and directed a musical for the Robidoux Resident Theatre in St Joseph. She has years of experience teaching theatre classes and directing intensive musical camps for Robidoux Resident Theatre, CYT Kansas City, and ACT1KC. She is currently an English/Theatre Arts teacher for Frontier STEM High School in KC. Her favorite roles include Miss Lynch in Grease and Wife in The Problem. She is beyond excited to begin her teaching journey with The Coterie, inspiring students to explore their creative sides and to imagine the unthinkable!

Erin will teach Audition Lab 
Grades 6-8 July 20-24 - Pembroke Hill Site

Meet the Teaching Artists - Michael DeCoursey

Michael DeCoursey is a Kansas City based actor, teacher, and theatre practitioner. He has performed in theatre productions and workshops around the country from New York to San Francisco and Kansas City to Dallas. Some of his favorite roles include The Nine Who DaredCourage In Little Rock (here at The Coterie), Finian's Rainbow (Spinning Tree Theatre), Into the Woods (PFAMily Arts), and South Pacific (Garland Summer Musicals). In 2017, Michael graduated from the Summer Training Congress at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University. He is also an accomplished commercial actor and has appeared in spots for major corporations such as Sprint, Cerner, and Tropicana. As a teacher, Michael has staffed public schools throughout the metropolitan area and teaches acting classes privately. He specializes in teaching actors to eliminate performance anxiety in actors of all ages, teaching his methods to young actors at the Kansas Thespian Festival and Jr. Festival in Wichita and he's taken his workshop to Upstate New York as well.

Michael will teach Audition Lab for Grades 5-9 June 22-26 - Live & Interactive Virtual Session

Meet the Teaching Artists - Dee Jiminez

Dee Jimenez is an actor, writer, and director who is pursuing his MFA in acting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He will be playing Arturo in his school's upcoming production of The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has taught acting at schools in the Denver-Metro area, and will continue to teach in Kansas City this summer with the Coterie Theatre. He loves hip hop and reading great works of Latin American literature. 

Dee will teach Audition Lab 
Grades 8-12 
July 6-10 - Live & Interactive Virtual Session
Grades 5-7 July 13-17 - Liberty Community Center Site

Meet the Teaching Artists - Gabriel Livingston

Gabriel Livingston is a Kansas City born-and-raised teaching artist, director, stage manager, dramaturg, and writer. Locally, he has worked with The Coterie, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Smashing Frames Productions, and Astra Theatre Company. Gabriel is a graduate of University of Central Missouri (B.A., 2018) and University of Missouri--Kansas City (M.A., 2020). 

Gabriel will teach Audition Lab for Grades 5-7 July 6-10

Meet the Teaching Artists - Michael T. Oakes

Michael T. Oakes is an acting MFA candidate at UMKC from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He recieved his bachelor's degree from Lake Superior State University, where he had the opportunity to perform in shows such as boomGood Kids, and Wakey, Wakey. The last of which was in the North International Fringe Festival in its debut year. This is his first year as a teacher with The Coterie.

Michael will teach Audition Lab for Grades 8-12 July 13-17 - Liberty Community Center Site

Meet the Teaching Artists - Jazlyn Epps

Jazlyn Epps is extremely excited to join The Coterie's teaching artist program! She 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. She is currently involved in the DSHP program with the Coterie theatre. 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 get started and making her mark here in Kansas City on the stage and in classrooms.

Jazlyn will teach Audition Lab for Grades 9-12 July 20-24 - Pembroke Hill Site

The Coterie Theatre School's Drama Classes
  • Led by staff of trained, professional teaching artists
  • Designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
  • No larger than 10 students for grades K-2 & 3-5, and 12 students for grades 4-6 and above, allowing teaching artists to see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
  • Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
  • Inspire students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week
  • Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
  • Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future

In-Person Classes:

Virtual Classes:

  • Enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection
  • Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class for fun, interactive play