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Cerne is an accomplished director, choreographer, and playwright. His work includes directing and choreographing 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).  Some other directing highlights include:  Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your GunMamma Mia!, Into the Woods, Steel Magnolias, and the female version of The Odd Couple. Cerne has also lent his dance and musical staging expertise to Disney’s Beauty and Beast, Miss Saigon, and four productions 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 along with a stage adaptation.  With a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA (University of Idaho 2019) in Dramatic Writing Cerne also adds teaching and acting to his repertoire. Along with performing in several noteworthy productions, including the American Concert Premier of Jerry Springer: 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 the Nantucket Music Center Advisory Council and is a proud member of AEA, SDC, and SAG-AFTRA. 

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.

Peter Waldron has designed scenery for over 200 productions at theaters across the country, including over 35 operas and musicals for The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College, and 25 productions for Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. He served as Professor of Theater at Bradford College where he was resident designer and Technical Director. He has also served as resident designer/TD at Reed College, The Evergreen State College, and Merrimack College, where he was also Programming Director at the Rogers Center for 14 years.  While in Portland, OR, he was instrumental in creating the renowned Artists Repertory Theater.
He graduated from the University of Texas with a BFA in Theater, and has an MFA from New York University in Theater Design, and an MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

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.

board of directors

  • Susan Lucier, President*
  • Maria Roach, VP*
  • Kay Bernon, VP*
  • Chris Mortenson, Treasurer*
  • Ellie Gottwald, Clerk*
  • Max N. Berry
  • John Copenhaver
  • Anna-Karin Dillard
  • Nina Duchaine
  • Beth English
  • Jane Forman
  • Marilyn Lane
  • Linda Mason
  • Marianne Moscicki
  • Jennifer C. Oberting
  • Helene Patterson
  • Terry Schubach*
  • Elaine Schwartz
  • Judith Seinfeld
  • Justin Cerne, Ex officio
  • Barbara L. Elder, Emeritus
  • Toby Greenberg, Emeritus
  • Frank Morral, Emeritus
  • * Executive Committee

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
  • Bruce Beni
  • Jim Bennett
  • Chris Bloom
  • Jason Bridges
  • Kate Brosnan
  • Anne Fitzpatrick
  • Kathryn Garre-Ayars
  • Victoria Girvan
  • Susan Crehan Hostetler
  • Jill Karp
  • Peggy Kaufman
  • Jeff Lucier
  • Jan Purdy Metcalf
  • Joanna Roche
  • Les Silverman
  • Lisa Soeder
  • Calista West