Justin Cerne

Director, Choreographer, Writer

"Justin Cerne, one of the happiest collaborations I’ve ever had”

-Whit Stillman

The acting by the female leads and supporting cast is consistently strong, the direction [The Odd Couple, female version] by artistic director Justin Cerne is adroit, and the result is another must-see show for TWN.

-Jim Sultzer, Inky Mirror

"“Cerne rightly sought out solid hoofers for this production [A Chorus Line]. Director/choreographer Justin Cerne has a cherry cast and some snappy dance steps that his young company executes with precision."

-Chris Page, East Valley

ME

Cerne is currently in his eighth season as Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN).  During his time with TWN, he has directed 20 mainstage productions as well as curated, collaborated and produced more than 50 theatrical events.  Highlights at TWN include:  Mamma Mia!, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Into the Woods and Neil Simon's 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 Nominee Greta Gerwig and produced, written and directed by Oscar Nominee Whit Stillman.  Prior to his tenure at TWN, Cerne directed and choreographed across the country and has had the pleasure to work with talents such as Meryl Streep, as well as some of Broadway's best including Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley,  Liz Callaway, 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 an MFA in Dramatic Writing from The University of Idaho.  Justin is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild).  

 

MY WORK

I am a lover of theatre; the collaboration, the laughing, the crying, the long hours and the profound experiences.  It is magical medicine.  It has been upended by a pandemic and is performing an overdue self examination.  Looking for a more inclusive and open creative process, the theatre will grow and change.  Throughout that, It will always have a profound effect on the human experience.  I want to continue my journey, creating those moments that are essential to life. 

 

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