Justin Cerne

Director & Choreographer

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

-Whit Stillman


Justin Cerne is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN).  Now in his fifth season at TWN, he 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), 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 four productions of A Chorus Line, among many others.  Justin has worked with the incomparable Meryl Streep, along with Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody as well as some of Brodway's best including Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley,  Liz Calloway, Heidi Blinkenstaff and Analeigh Ashford (to name a few). 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. 



It is my responsibility to initiate conversations. Everywhere, these conversations are important. They entertain, inform, inspire, and shape our world today. As a seasoned artist, I bring the knowledge, intuition, and grit to galvanize these conversations, on and off stage.