Our Staff

Leadership

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JANICE LUISE-LUTKUS

Executive/Artistic Director/Author 

Executive Director and founder of AspenDream Productions™; CT’s longest running Comedy Wedding and Murder Mystery Company.

Janice has directed more than 60 plays including the works of David Auburn, Neil Simon, Peter Shaffer, and A.R. Gurney.  She was the producer and host of the TV program, CT Arts & Entertainment© a program that interviewed entertainers in the State of CT.

Janice is the author, producer, and director of seven interactive, immersive plays that are often sold out months in advance. Janice is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, and Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

For more information see her personal website, janicedirects.com

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KAYLA KUSY

Production Manager

Kayla Kusy is an actress, singer and model from Connecticut.  She graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC in 2018.  She has been in shows “For Better & For Worse”, “Mob’s Murder Mystery” and “Reform School”.  She has been with ADP since 2019 and is not only excited to be acting in “I Haven’t Got A Clue” but so honored to be making her debut as Production Manager with AspenDream Productions!

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BARBARA PARADISE

Stage Manager

Barbara is a former secondary business education teacher and realtor. Currently, she is a tutor on an as-needed basis for a local high school as well as a justice of the peace. Barbara holds a number of degrees including a MBA and is currently working on completion of a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Janice says she has more degrees than a thermometer.

Production

Artistic

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STEVE OSSAIS

Music Coordinator

Steve Ossias has been with AspenDream Productions since 2016 and in his current role as Singing/Music Coordinator for the past two seasons. He has built his resume of more than 30 productions since as recent as 2009. Prior to joining ADP Steve performed with and did technical production work with several community theaters in CT and MA. Some of his favorite roles include Fagin (Oliver!), Scrooge (Scrooge, the Musical), Chief (Get Smart), Grandpa Joe (Willy Wonka), Marlowe (Enter Laughing), Ambassador Magee (Don’t Drink the Water), The Rabbi (Fiddler), and Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors). 

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JENNEY RIVARD

Costume Manager

Jenney has been involved in theater for 2 decades now. She has mostly been involved in Castle Craig Players and served on their Board of Directors, and with ADP. Her greatest love is the murder mysteries, so Aspen Dream Productions is a great fit. In her real life she has been an optician for 44 years and taught community college for 27 years. Just like Mama, her cooking might just kill you.

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JOSEPH GARAHAN

Sound &  Music

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Administration

David Lutkus, General Manager/Director of Accounting

Carissa Wages, Website and Video Editing