Kansas City Coterie Under New Management After Scandal & Suicide

A beloved local takes the helm . . . 

Everybody in Kansas City loves Heidi Van and this group is capitalizing off of her good name in an attempt to restore their image.

TKC perspective: For most Kansas City residents . . . Live theater is merely watching Netflix without having ordered takeout first.

And all this in the aftermath of our 2nd favorite hipster rag publishing a series of allegations which, seemingly, inspired the old guy to 86 himself before any of it could be settled in court. 

In the meantime, check what will have to suffice as good news . . .

The Coterie Theatre has chosen new leaders more than two months after its former producing artistic director, Jeff Church, was accused of sexually assaulting young men for years and then died by suicide.

On Monday, the theater’s board of directors announced that longtime Kansas City actor Heidi Van, who got her start at the Coterie, will step into Church’s role until the board finishes its search for a permanent producing artistic director.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Coterie Theatre announces new leadership, addresses investigation into former artistic director

The acclaimed Coterie Theatre has announced two new major appointments to its leadership structure. The board of directors for the children's theater announced Jonathan Thomas as the new theatre for young audiences' managing director and Heidi Van as interim producing artistic director, Monday.

The Coterie Theater in Kansas City announces new leadership

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Coterie Theatre announced new changes to its leadership on Monday. Jonathan Thomas has been appointed as the theatre for young audiences' managing director, and Heidi Van will continue as interim producing artistic director. Thomas has been serving as the managing director for the theater since November 2022.

Coterie Theatre unveils new business, interim artistic leaders - Kansas City Business Journal

About 100 days after the death of Executive Director Joette Pelster, The Coterie Theatre's board has named a managing director and interim producing artistic director. Jonathan Thomas, who has been serving as interim managing director since November, was appointed to the position permanently.