The COTE Ensemble
The COTE Ensemble is our group of resident actors, writers and directors who meet regularly for workshops, rehearsals and performances. The COTE Ensemble has been featured in performances and showcases throughout New York City and on tour in New England and the tri-state area.
Kerrie Bond: Kerrie is honored and excited to be a part of the COTE company. Native to the entire east coast (just about!), she found her way to New York City and graduated in 2009 from Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She first worked with COTE in 2009 in the one-act festival Questionable Content, performing the role of Elaine in the play Smooth Criminal. Favorite credits include After the Dance (Moya Lexington), Twelfth Night: Wall Street (Fabian), Songs for a New World (Woman 1), a workshop of the new musical Crossing Brooklyn (Des), Medea (Medea), Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte), Proof (Catherine), and Carousel (Ensemble). She is also a performer with the NYC based sketch comedy group Think Pound. kerriebond.com
Michael Rehse: A graduate of Pace University with a BA in Computer Science, is a native of Redmond, Washington and a member of Co-Op Theatre East, Ophelia Theater Group, and the CAGE Collective. Recent credits include Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Things I Left on Long Island (Stephen) in the NYC Fringe. Other favorite credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy (Valentine, NYC Fringe), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Hamlet (Hamlet), Measure 4 Measure (Claudio), and The Cast Party: A Survival Story (Owen Merrick). He recently collaborated in writing and performing What to Do In Case You Miss The Rapture, and was recently seen on the Biography Channel reenacting Patrick Muldoon's story in Celebrity Ghost Stories.
Anna Savant: Originally from San Francisco, Anna has lived and performed in Munich, Tokyo and various cities around the United States. She holds a graduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, studied classical theater at ACT in San Francisco and is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop in New York where she studied with George Morrison and Mike Nichols. Her favorite theater credits include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Hecuba in The Trojan Women Redux and Dr. Jolene Shatila in Decadent Acts with Co-Op Theatre East.
Tyrus Holden: A graduate of NYU's Tisch Film program, Tyrus first appeared with Co-Op Theatre East in Documentary: A Suicide Narrative. Tyrus's other acting endeavors include the titular role of Arthur in the short film series The Boy King, Will Trap the Rat Catcher during the 2009 season of the New York Renaissance Fair, and playing Corey Feldman in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories. (Really? I don't see it.) Tyrus is looking forward to the awesome projects ahead in COTE's new season!
Mike Callahan: Mike is a native New Yorker. In 2010, happily doing voiceover in retirement, and having never been on a stage, he auditioned for what he thought was a reading , and was given the role of the “bigoted father” Roger White in the COTE production of Decadent Acts. It was not a reading. Well, he thought, how hard can it be? He has been working on that issue, ever since, at The Einhorn School of Performing Arts At Primary Stages (ESPA). Some recent roles include, the Zombie Dad in the staged readings of Nat Cassidyʼs Any Day Now at the Duke, Alcoholic John Riley, in Good Friday, by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson at Planet Connections, and Harry Trumanʼs alter ego in Strike at the Culture Project, live audience radio plays in RADIO COTEʼs 24 Hour Newsroom, along with various other “stuff”.
Laura Iris Hill: Laura first met fellow COTE ensemble member, Anna Savant, performing Amadeus in Tokyo. Years later when Laura moved to New York Anna introduced her to the COTE team and a great relationship was forged; one of the most rewarding experiences being creating an original work, Season to Taste, with Anna and Robert Gonyo. An Australian native, Laura received her training at BAPA (Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts) in her home country. Performing extensively in theatre some of her favorite credits include; Romeo & Juliet, The Miser, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The House of Bernarda Alba and a sold-out Melbourne and regional tour playing the tragic poet Sylvia Plath. New York theatre includes Richard III (Hamlet Isn’t Dead), Cupid and Psyche (Turn to Flesh), Jack London: His Lives and Loves (Marvel Rep), Cosi and Speaking in Tongues (Australian Made Entertainment). Film and tv credits include Any Questions for Ben, the webseries Happy Cancer Chick and most notably as a recurring guest on long-running Aussie tv show, Neighbours.