About Us

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JIM LUURTSEMA

(Executive Producer/Director, "Coding Issues") 


Jim is excited and humbly appreciative that so many incredible people jumped on board for this festival. Jim is active in the area local theatre such as the Landmark Community Theatre, Warner Theatre and Goshen Players. Recent credits at Landmark Community Theatre include; 1940s Radio Hour, Ring of Fire (Director), Mary Poppins (Co-Music Director). Other credits include but not exhaustive; Drowsy Chaperone, It Shoulda' Been You & First Date (Music Director/Goshen Players) and Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies & Mamma Mia (Music Director/Warner Theatre). Thank you to everyone who made this show possible. Special thanks to my partners in crime - Sharon, Kat, Marilyn and Jess. Much love to all hope you enjoy watching our festival come to life!

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SHARON W. HOUK

(Co-Producer/Director “I Like”, “Into The City”, “Ezell Dorsey and the Right Hand Man”) 


Sharon has been involved in both professional and community theatre for over 30 years. Director/choreographer credits include numerous musical (and non-musical) productions. Some of her favorites include A Gentleman's Guide to Love And Murder, Once, Rock Of Ages, Race, Runaways, One Night With Fanny Brice, Forever Plaid, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Who's Tommy and Ragtime. Thank you to Jim Luurtsema for conceiving this creative outlet, to my partner in crime Katherine Ray for just being, to all the wonderful playwrights and performers that have come together to make this evening happen and to my amazing husband for setting up a “virtual theater space” for me in the basement!

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KATHERINE RAY

(Co-Producer/Director “Initial Velocity”, “Just Desserts”)


Katherine is an indefatigable, demiurgic, convivial TV Theatre and Film production professional and Intimacy Director/Choreographer.  When not seeking therapy for her Xenuphobia (extreme fear of Tom Cruise) Katherine is curating the world’s most amazing Wilford Brimley fan site.  She is excited to still be in pre-production for Harriet The Musical debuting at some point this year in New York.   Recent favorite theatre directing credits include: Disaster! (Warner), Co-Directing Spring Awakening with Sharon W. Houk (Warner Theatre); Baskerville (Warner), 1984 (Downtown Cabaret Theater), An Act of God (Theaterworks NM), Fences (Ridgefield Theatre Barn), Assassins (Warner Studio Theater), Peter and The Starcatcher (Warner), The 39 Steps (Warner Theatre and Ridgefield Theatre Barn.)   She is a proud member of the Stage Director’s and Choreographers Society (union), League Of Professional Theatre Women, Drama League.

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MARILYN OLSEN

MARILYN OLSEN (Director, "BFOQ")


Marilyn is a veteran of many local theaters, both on and off stage. She has directed for the Warner Theatre, Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Carriage House Arts Center, Phoenix Stage Company and The Lipstick Project. Onstage at the Warner, you may have seen her last season as Lady Beaconsfield in Jekyll and Hyde or Rosie in Mamma Mia or in previous seasons as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard or Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Marilyn is a physician assistant in Waterbury. Special thanks go to Sharon and Jim for cooking up this social distancing clambake!

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JESS SMITH

(Director, "Her Tongue")


Jess is an adjunct professor of theater at Sacred Heart University, and a vocal and dramatic director, with credits in CT, NY and MA. She is also a professional singer focusing mainly on jazz standards, and a performer on the local stage.  Jessica is excited that Jim had this fantastic idea, and is extremely tired of this "new-normal." Until life gets back to "old-normal," she is thankful to be part of creating theater virtually!