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Janice Luise-Lutkus
Director/Producer/Instructor

(860) 673-1975; (860) 309-1341 (cell);
luisejanice@sbcglobal.net
www.aspendreamproductions.com
Connecticut

Education
Bachelor’s Degree, Theatre Arts Management, University of Connecticut
Yale School of Drama-Summer Drama Program- Directing
    Directing-Evan Yionoulis -Associate professor at the School of Drama and resident director at the Yale Rep
    Dramaturgy -Jane Ann Crum
    Stage Management – Frank Torok
    Scenic Design - Debra Booth
    Voice/Speech – Pamela Pranther

TITLE VENUE/LOCATION DATE

Amadeus
Perfect Crime
Mob’s Murder Mystery
Proof, David Auburn [Reviewed-5 Stars]
For Better & For Worse

Warner Studio Theatre
New Britain Repertory Theatre
Holyoke, MA
Warner Studio Theatre
St. Sebastian Club, Ansonia, CT

6/08
2/08
12/07
2007
New Years ‘06

Mob’s Murder Mystery

Currently in production, MA & CT

2006

For Better & For Worse

AM Club, Derby, CT-sold out

2006

For Better & For Worse

Anthony’s Ocean View.CT (400 guests)

2006

For Better & For Worse

Aqua Turf, CT (1200 guests)

2006

For Better & For Worse

YMCA, Crystal Peak, Winsted, CT

2005

For Better & For Worse

Wyantenuck Country Club, MA

2005

Faith in the Life of a Priest

Central CT State University, CT

2005

Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon

Southington Theatre, CT

2004

For Better & For Worse/ Wedding

Cagnello Wedding, Crystal Peak, CT

2004

Last of the Red Hot Lovers,  Neil Simon                    

Windsor Jesters, CT

2003

For Better & For Worse/Anniversary

County Line BMW, CT

2003

For Better & For Worse/ Wedding

Lake Compounce, CT (400+ guests)

2003

Love Letters, AR Gurney [4 ½ Stars]

Warner Theatre, CT

2003

An Evening With Uncle Franco

Branford, CT

2002

Hope and Mercy

Warner Theatre, CT

2002

Cemetery Club, Ivan Menchel

Southington Theatre, CT

2002

For Better & For Worse

Testa’s Restaurant, Southington, CT

2001

The Amorous Ambassador, Michael Parker

Southington Theatre, CT

2001

An Evening With Uncle Franco

Wyantenuck Country Club, MA

2000

For Better & For Worse

Wyantenuck Country Club, MA

2000

For Better & For Worse

World Casting, New Haven, CT

2000

For Better & For Worse

Wyantenuck Country Club, MA

1999

For Better & For Worse

Perugini’s Restaurant, Wtby, CT

1999

For Better & For Worse

Testa’s Restaurant, Southington, CT

1999

For Better & For Worse

St. Mary Magdalene School, Oakdale

1999

For Better & For Worse

Nutmeg Manor, Windsor, CT

1999

For Better & For Worse

Bogies Restaurant, MA

1999

For Better & For Worse

Sammy Fund, Burlington Inn, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

Wyantenuck Country Club, MA

1998

For Better & For Worse

Cornucopia, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

Ramada Inn, Windsor, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

National Cosmetics Asso. New Haven

1998

For Better & For Worse

Fantasia, New Haven, CT

1998

Production Experience:

 

Year

An Evening With Uncle Franco

Rexum Corporation, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

Rocky Hill Elks, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

Cheshire High School, CT

1998

For Better & For Worse

Burlington Inn, CT

1998

Mob’s Murder Mystery

CT Venues

2005

For Better & For Worse

CT & MA Venues

98-05

Wedding Shows for real Weddings/Anniversaries

CT Venues

04-05

Lake Compounce Commercials

Bristol, CT

2004

An Evening With Uncle Franco

CT & MA Venues

99-04

Forever Plaid

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2004

Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2004

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2005

Cabaret

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2005

Lost in Yonkers

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2005

Fantasticks

Warner Theatre, Studio Producer

2005

Rexum Corporation-Retirement Party

Winsted, CT

1998

CASTING EXPERIENCE:

 

Year

Lake Compounce Commercials

Casting Director for 4 commercials

2004

Charles River Instructional Systems, MA

Casting Director

2004

AspenDream Productions, LLC

Casting Director

98-present

Warner Studio Theatre

Producer in charge of setting up casting for all shows

04-05

Rexum Corporation

Casting Director

1998

See shows  listed as directed

Director in charge of casting

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT:
Named as “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical” as the Wicked Witch in the “Wizard of Oz” on two (2) occasions.

AWARDS AND HONORS:
• Dean's List, Central CT State University
• Partial Scholarship award for Paris Study Abroad
• Partial Scholarship award for London Study Abroad

Notable Directors and Companies I've worked for as a Producer/Director/Actor and/or studied under:
Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY; Jorgensen Auditorium, CT, Warner Theatre, CT;
Rick Doyle, Emmy Award Winning Director; James Fritch, Prof. Jaroslaw Streimien, Prof. of Theatre CCSU-; Prof. Nafe Katter, Ph.D.; Prof. Lani Johnson, Prof. and Chair of Theatre CCSU; Prof. Josh Perlstein, CCSU; Prof. John Long, UCONN.

COMMERCIALS/VIDEO/FILM:
Thermo Spas Wife First Image
Roncari Express Valet Carolyn “The Apprentice” (lead) Janet Leslie Productions
Mark E. Solomon (w/Robert Vaughn) Corporate Attorney (supporting) Heavy Bag Media
Lake Compounce –4 commercials Mom (lead) Crane Productions
Friendly’s Training Video Client (lead) Friendly’s Training Ctr.
Friendly’s Conference Video Hostess (supporting) Friendly’s Training Ctr.
Dominic’s Brick Oven Pizza Lead Rutter Media

VOICE-OVER:
Spokesperson (lead), Rutter Media

INSTRUCTOR/TEACHER:
Acting Performance - A condensed overview of acting technique, including movement, voice, improvisation, play analysis and scene study -Warner Center for the Arts
Acting for Young Adults - Teach and supervise classes for grades 2 - 12 program. Curriculum based on Viola Spolin's work, culminating in an original performance. -Warner Center for the Arts
Private monologue coaching - Monologues, scenes, auditions, voice and diction- AspenDream Prods, LLC
Stage Management- manage the practicalities of a production; organizing rehearsals, actors, directors, designers, props and costume fittings, as well as managing the performances on stage and liaising with the front of house staff. -AspenDream Prods. LLC
Fundamentals of Acting - Created and implemented curriculum consisting of voice, movement, acting exercises and scene study. Special Education grades 1 and 2-UCONN – Theatre Project
Creative Dramatics for Children –use of varied curriculum, storytelling, puppetry, games – Harwinton Public Library thru Central CT State University [kids explore their imaginations, learn how to communicate ideas, and learn how to feel comfortable with themselves and their role in society.]
Hartford Children’s Theatre - Teach and supervise classes for grades 1and 2. Curriculum based on Viola Spolin's work. Costume/props- basic stagecraft.
Farmington Adult Education – Not Another Acting Class –class geared on teaching beginners and intermediate students on how to do cold readings and how to prepare themselves for auditioning techniques for both stage and commercial auditions.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPSHIPS:
Member of AWRT – American Women in Radio and Television; CT Film and Media; New England Theatre Conference, Inc. (NETC); Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

OTHER:
• Author of Mob’s Murder Mystery and For Better & For Worse; Directing For the Stage 1, 2, Directing Practicum’s (4 courses); Script Analysis; Costuming; Make-up Techniques; Acting 1, 2, 3, History of the Theatre; Film Studies; Costuming, Trends in Contemporary Theatre; American Theatre; Studies in “soap” techniques.
• Significant experience acting in regional theatre; professional Human Resource Manager; extensive knowledge of booking shows and negotiating contracts; able to create press releases and supervise communications about theater; proficient in all aspects of theater production and management.
Regional Theatrical Acting Credits Available upon request.