Kansas Settlers Band

The Kansas Settlers Band consists of Rebecca Dempsey, Michelle Cotton, Chris Hudson, and Sam Wright.

Rebecca Dempsey is a professional actor who has performed in television and radio commercials, corporate training videos, films and live theater. An accomplished musician as well, she combines her love of teaching children with her joy in performing through her KCYA Programs.

Chris Hudson received his Bachelor’s degree in 1996 from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. A talented guitarist and instructor, Chris has played at the Kemper Museum, Eden Alley and currently teaches private instruction at KCYA’s Community School of the Arts.

Diane Bulan is a professional actor, director, acting coach, puppeteer, electrician, and stage manager. She has been a teaching artist for KCYA since 1998. Diane received a BA in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Kansas in 1993.

Sam Wright earned his BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University in 2002. Since graduating, he has acted for The Coterie Children's Theatre and Wyandotte Players. When not performing, Sam spends his time waiting tables in Westport, recording music and playwriting.


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