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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. 

Trich Wages has more than 15 years of operations and administration experience in the entertainment, financial services, and investment banking industries. She fell in love with Nantucket in 2006 on the first of many visits to see friends, and became a year-round resident herself in 2014. An avid pool player and lover of the arts, long walks and reading, Trich is delighted to be a part of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

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.

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.

Working summer seasons at the Straight Wharf Theatre on Nantucket in the 1970s inspired Sandy to partner with Charles Galley to create Galley Theatre Lighting, a design, production and lighting equipment rental company located north of Boston. They are enjoying their 40th year in business. Sandy has been a lighting designer for the last several seasons at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, creating designs for Peter Pan, Our Town, A Cheever Evening, Blackbird, Grease and the current season of shows. Sandy specializes in lighting for drama and dance. Recent projects include The Girl in White, a dance piece composed by Robert J. Bradshaw, choreographed by Janet Craft and filmed for public television. She has also designed main stage and black box productions for Brooks School, North Andover, MA, including The Producers and RENT, touring productions of The Nutcracker and shows for schools and community theaters in the Boston area.

Eoghan began working for TWN in 2016 as a Stage Management intern. During TWN’s monumental 60th season, he assisted the technical and management teams in Annie Get Your Gun, November, Love Loss and What I Wore, and A Christmas Story. He graduated in May of 2016 with a BFA in Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. While studying at NWU, he stage managed, directed, and performed in a wide variety of productions, including No Exit, Chicago, The Taming of the Shrew, and a new musical called The Zimmer Girls. Eoghan is thrilled to be back on the island as the Production Stage Manager for TWN’s 2017 season.

board of directors

  • Leslie E. Bains, President
  • Carole P. Beller, Vice President
  • Nina Duchaine, Vice President
  • Judith Seinfeld, Vice President
  • Les Silverman, Vice President
  • Lisa Soeder, Vice President
  • Lauri Altman Posner, Treasurer
  • Max N. Berry
  • John Copenhaver
  • Anna-Karin Dillard
  • Beth English
  • Amy Fahrenkopf
  • Jane Forman
  • Jan Purdy Metcalf
  • Fritz Michel
  • Chris Mortenson
  • Marianne Moscicki
  • Jennifer C. Oberting
  • Maria Roach
  • Terry Schubach
  • Elaine Schwartz
  • Duncan Will

artistic advisory

  • Evan Bergman
  • Laura Gallagher Byrne
  • Tom Cavanagh
  • Jane Condon
  • Virginia Joffe
  • Cecelia Joyce Johnson
  • Seward Johnson
  • Thomas Meehan
  • Jerry Stiller

theatre council

  • Amb. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
  • Jim Bennett
  • Chris Bloom
  • Sara Boyce
  • Jason Bridges
  • Kate Brosnan
  • Anne Fitzpatrick
  • Kathryn Garre-Ayars
  • Victoria Girvan
  • Michelle Holland
  • Susan Crehan Hostetler
  • Jill Karp
  • Peggy Kaufman
  • Linda Mason
  • Joanna Roche
  • Robert Sarkisian
  • Mark White