Acting In The Upside Down

For Incoming Grades 5th-7th


If you love Stranger Things, then you’ll love this class. Explore the world of the hit Netflix show by acting out your favorite scenes and creating new ones that might happen next season. Fight monsters or become one yourself in this fun acting challenge for anyone who finds themselves in the Upside Down.

For Grades 5th-7th:


  • July 13-17: 12:30pm-3:30pm (CDT) – Northland IN-PERSON; Register at - CLASS FULL!



Meet the Teaching Artists - Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor earned her BA in Theatre from Missouri State University, and her Masters in Education from Avila University. She has performed with Starlight Theatre, Eubank Productions/Egads!, and various regional and community theatres. She has also dabbled in voiceover and commercial work. For the past few years Rachel has spent more time behind the scenes.  She has taught/directed/choreographed for Christian Youth Theatre, St. James Academy, Grandview High School, Lee’s Summit West High School, and Summit Theatre Group.  

Rachel will teach Acting In The Upside Down July 6-10 - 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 Acting in the Upside Down 
Grades 5-7 July 6-10 - Overland Park Site

Meet the Teaching Artists - Allison Nissley

Allison Nissley is a teaching artist, performer, director, and a lover of theatre for young audiences. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance. Understanding the importance of being a well-rounded theatre artist, Allison has had experience with technical theatre focusing on scenic construction, and sound design, as well as directing and performance coaching. Some of her favorite roles as a performer have been in touring productions for elementary schools:  The Snow Queen, Fishing for a Change, and Impawssible Pals.

Allison will teach Acting In The Upside Down July 13-17 - Staley High (Northland) 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