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Cerne is currently in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN).  During his time with TWN, he has directed 15 mainstage productions as well as curated, collaborated and produced more than 40 theatrical events.  Highlights at TWN include:  Mamma Mia!, Steel Magnolias, California Suite, Into the Woods and The Odd Couple (Female Version).  Cerne’s choreographic work can be seen on the big screen in Damsel’s in Distress (Sony Classic Pictures) starring  Oscar Nonmiee Greta Gerwig and produced, written and directed by Ocscar Nominee Whit Stillman.  Prior to his tenure at TWN, Cerne directed and choreographed across the country and has worked with the incomparable Meryl Streep, as well as some of Brodway's best including Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley,  Liz Calloway, Heidi Blinkenstaff and Analeigh Ashford.  Cerne is also a playwright (Truth or Consequences,  March of the Isabelline Peguins and Polar) and holds BA from Marymount Manhattan College and is currently pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Writing from The University of Idaho (2020).  Justin serves on the Nantucket Cultural Council and the Nantucket Music Center Advisory Council and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild). 

Bethany Oliver is a graduate of Lesley University and U Mass Amherst. She is an experienced non-profit leader. She led Small Friends on Nantucket for five years which included a successful capital campaign and construction project. She was also the Managing Director and a volunteer board member of the Nantucket Music Center.

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.

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

Adam is 21 years old and has recently graduated from Endicott College. He has been doing technical theater since he was in fifth grade. Adam has been a sound and lighting designer for many shows at Endicott including, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, and others. In addition to lighting and sound, he also designs and builds sets for shows as a technical director around southern New England.

board of directors

  • Kay Bernon, VP*
  • Max N. Berry
  • Amber Cantella
  • Anna-Karin Dillard
  • Nina Duchaine
  • Beth English
  • Jane Forman
  • Ellie Gottwald, Clerk*
  • Susan Lucier, President*
  • Linda Mason
  • Jean Doyen de Montaillou
  • Chris Mortenson, Treasurer*
  • Helene Patterson
  • Maria Roach, VP*
  • Terry Schubach*
  • Elaine Schwartz
  • Lisa Soeder
  • Justin Cerne, Ex officio
  • Bethany Oliver, Ex officio
  • * Executive Committee

artistic advisory

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theatre council

  • Bruce Beni
  • Chris Bloom
  • Anne Fitzpatrick
  • Kathryn Garre-Ayars
  • Victoria Girvan
  • Susan Crehan Hostetler
  • Jill Karp
  • Peggy Kaufman
  • Jeff Lucier
  • Jan Purdy Metcalf
  • Les Silverman
  • Calista West