Joette Pelster is the Executive Director at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO. She was one of the primary creators of the Dramatic AIDS Education Project. Joette assisted in bringing the Gem Theatre for Cultural and Performing Arts, a new theatre in the 18th and Vine Historic District, into operation. From 1986-1993, she was the Executive Director of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. While there, she spear-headed the creation of AileyCamp, a nationally replicated program in six cities. Her background is in arts administration and includes extensive community arts coalition experience. Joette has also been the Marketing Director for Kansas City’s Folly Theatre and was a founding member of the Nebraska Director’s Theatre.