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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.

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.

Easton J. Clark is from Syracuse New York, and  graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Ancient History. While attending he constructed sets for the University’s Theatre Department's productions of Young Frankenstein, and Once Upon a Mattress. For the past three years Easton has worked for Michael Grimm Landscape and Tree service as a Landscape Foreman, and has extensive construction experience. No, stranger to performing arts, he joined the Syracuse Opera Company in 2017 as a chorus member for: La Cenerentolla, Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, La Traviata, MacBeth, and Don Giovanni. In addition he played several supporting roles such as: Ushere in Rigoletto, Secari in MacBeth, and Marchese D’Orbigny in La Traviata.

Ryan is a recent graduate from their hometown college, SUNY Oswego, with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre with concentrations in Stage Management, Electrics and Dramaturgy. Last summer, as TWN's Stage Management/Technical intern, Ryan assistant stage managed It's Only a Play and Footloose. Ryan is thrilled to return to TWN as the Assistant Company Stage Manager for the 2019 season! Some of Ryan's other favorite credits include Fun Home, Steel Magnolias, The Shape of Things, and Not Someone Like Me. When not doing theatre, Ryan is a freelance graphic designer, music arranger and an LGBTQ+ advocate. In the future, Ryan would like to open an arts center for marginalized groups.

Emily Stott is a Stage Manager from Syracuse New York with a Bachelors Degree in Technical Theatre and Cinema and Screen Studies from SUNY Oswego. As Theatre Workshop's ASM/SM Intern for the Fall of 2018, she is rather excited to be rejoining TWN as their full-time Stage Manager and Production Manager for this upcoming 2019 season. She has had a passion for theatre since she made her musical debut at age 12 and has fiercely pursued knowledge in all areas surrounding the art form, ever since. Emily hopes to one day turn her passion and skill set into her own Theater, where she can put on staged productions, host film festivals for aspiring film makers, and provide master classes and youth acting camps for those interested in learning about or pursuing theatre.

board of directors

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