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Justin Cerne is an accomplished director, choreographer, and playwright. His work includes directing and choreographing more than 20 productions across the country—most notably choreographing Sony Classic Pictures’ Damsels in Distress (by the Oscar-nominated director Whit Stillman), musical staging for Bertolt Brecht’s Man=Man (Yale School of Drama), and directing the timeless classics Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other notable productions include Into the Woods, Steel Magnolias, and West Side Story. Cerne has also lent his dance and musical staging expertise to Disney’s Beauty and Beast, Miss Saigon, and five production of A Chorus Line, among many others.  In addition to his success running the stage, Cerne is also a playwright. His writing contributions include authoring the plays Functioning Dysfunctionally and The Things We Do for Love, based on the music of Amy Grant, as well as penning the original screenplay for Truth or Consequences (in collaboration with his sister, Molly Cerne) along with a stage adaptation.  With a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, Cerne also adds teaching and acting to his repertoire. Along with performing in several noteworthy productions, including the American Concert Premier of Jerry Spring: The Opera at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he has offered his skills and experience to aspiring actors through master classes on auditioning and musical theatre all around the country. Justin serves on the Nantucket Cultural Council and is a proud member of AEA, SDC, and SAG-AFTRA. 

Besides acting in 50 films, 25 plays on and off Broadway and in four TV series, Shea, whose history with the island stage reaches back to the 1960s and the former Straight Wharf Theater, has directed and filmed movies and written screenplays. A founding member of the Nantucket Film Festival, Shea was just 26 when he made his Broadway debut in "Yentl," for which he won the Theatre World Award for Most Promising Actor. He achieved international fame in 1982, at the age of 32, for his role as a young American idealist involved in Chilean political violence in the Academy Award winning movie "Missing," which also won the Cannes Film Festival Palme D'Or.

It was on Cape Cod, at the Harwich Junior Theatre, where Emily discovered her love for the Performing arts. Throughout her schooling, she jumped at every opportunity to immerse herself in theatre. While in college, Emily was selected with her castmates of Agnes of God to compete at the KCACTF for the Irene Ryan Award. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from Flagler College in 2011, she promptly moved to NYC where she held various administrative and project management positions. Emily is thrilled to join the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and blend her professional background with her true passion; theatre.

Eoghan began working as a Stage Management Intern during TWN’s 2016 season and continued on to become the Production Stage Manager for TWN’s 2017 season. During his time at TWN, he stage-managed productions of November, Barefoot in the Park, Mamma Mia!, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Sound of Music. He also assisted the management and technical teams of many other productions and special events. Eoghan graduated in May of 2016 with a BFA in Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is delighted to be creating works of art with the exceptional team at TWN.

Peter Waldron has designed scenery for over 150 productions for theaters across the country, including over 30 operas and musicals at the Boston Conservatory. He helped to found the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, OR and has successfully presented close to a thousand events (films, concerts, plays, dance, etc) to both college and public audiences. He currently is designing at several Boston area theaters and is thrilled to be working with the wonderful people at TWN.

Casey is a massage therapist, fashion/collage artist, dancer, teacher, storyteller and homeschooling mom. She’s been with TWN for 7 years, on stage as well as helping with wardrobe, props, and Lunafest. She directed the Dreamland’s 2017 School House Rock and choreographs for NHS musicals.

From being an equity theatre performer for 10 years, most notably with various productions of Forbidden Broadway, to running her own private herbal practice here on Nantucket that specializes in assisting people with Lyme disease, Danica has literally travelled around the world! She is pleased to be “behind the theatre scenes” for the first time in her career here at TWN. 

board of directors

  • Susan Lucier*, President
  • Max N. Berry*, Vice President
  • Maria Roach, Vice President
  • Lisa Soeder*, Vice President
  • Chris Mortenson*, Treasurer/Clerk
  • John Copenhaver
  • Anna-Karin Dillard
  • Nina Duchaine
  • Beth English
  • Jane Forman
  • Ellie Gottwald
  • Marilyn Lane
  • Marianne Moscicki
  • Jennifer C. Oberting
  • Terry Schubach*
  • Elaine Schwartz
  • Judith Seinfeld
  • Les Silverman
  • Justin Cerne**
  • Barbara L. Elder, Director Emeritus
  • Toby Greenberg, Director Emeritus
  • Frank Morral, Director Emeritus
  • * member of Executive Committee
  • **Ex officio

artistic advisory

  • Evan Bergman
  • Laura Gallagher Byrne
  • Tom Cavanagh
  • Jane Condon
  • Cecelia Joyce Johnson
  • Seward Johnson
  • Fritz Michel
  • Jerry Stiller

theatre council

  • Amb. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
  • Carole Beller
  • Jim Bennett
  • Chris Bloom
  • Jason Bridges
  • Kate Brosnan
  • Anne Fitzpatrick
  • Kathryn Garre-Ayars
  • Victoria Girvan
  • Susan Crehan Hostetler
  • Jill Karp
  • Peggy Kaufman
  • Jeff Lucier
  • Linda Mason
  • Jan Purdy Metcalf
  • Joanna Roche