Series Producers
Eric Schultz
Susan Wallner

Dan Gordon

Director of Photography & Technical Manager
Joe Conlon

Post-Production Editor
Kevin Ronan

Social Media Producer
Mae Kellert

Contributing Producers
Christopher Benincasa
Aubrey J. Kauffman

Bob Szuter

The State of the Arts Advisory Board


Susan WallnerSusan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She produced, directed, and wrote Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. It aired nationally on PBS through 2018, and won the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Writer. Her national documentaries also include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse.  Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces State of the Arts  as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series prod r r r uced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and videos for the statewide campaign, Pre-K Our Way. Currently she is in production with Kea’s Ark, about the self-taught artist and engineer who built a 3-story ark in Newark in the mid-1980s.

Susan’s MA is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication, and her undergraduate degree is from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has won multiple awards including four CINE Golden Eagles and 15 Mid-Atlantic and New York Emmys.

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Eric ShultzEric Schultz is an award-winning producer and director of arts, cultural and environmental programming and a founding member of PCK Media. He is a regular contributor to State of the Arts. In 2016, his performance documentary, Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, filmed at the 100th birthday celebration of William H. Scheide in Princeton and in Vienna, aired nationally on PBS. In 2015, public television viewers saw Pulling Out All the Stops, his film about the first Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

PBS distributed his documentary Peanuts Gallery, the recipient of a NETA Award for Best Performance Program. His documentary Bonaparte’s Retreat was distributed by American Public Television (APT). He is a founding member of PCK Media. Earlier in life, Eric trained as a cellist and performed with orchestras and chamber groups in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Michigan.  He has a master’s degree in cello performance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

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Dan GordonDan Gordon is an actor, voiceover artist, and comedian living and working in Los Angeles.  He’s been the narrator of State of the Arts since 2012.

Dan is currently the face of a Kelly Blue Book national campaign and is voicing multiple characters in Comedy Central’s new animated series, Trip Tank.  He most recently starred opposite stars Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy and Kerry Washington on Scandal.

Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dan received his BA in Acting and Theatre Education from Emerson College.  He co-founded Brimmer Street Theatre Company in the Hollywood area with a small collective of fellow Emersonians.  They produce original plays to cultivate artists and engage audiences in Los Angeles.



Joe Conlom

Eric Schultz & Joe Conlon winning Emmys

Joe Conlon has worked in broadcast television for over 30 years as a Director of Photography and Technical Manager.  As Director of Photography for State of the Arts, he works closely with the producers to establish the look and coordinate all technical aspects of field production. Joe has been honored with over 30 Emmy nominations and has won 11 for his work as a DP, sound recordist, and Technical Manager.  Joe began working with State of the Arts in 1983, winning 7 of his Emmys and contributing to several others the show has earned during that time.  He has special interests in lighting and capturing high quality sound.  Joe owns and operates Conlon Video Works and provides camera and engineering services for a wide range of clients.


KRonan CCU headshotKevin Ronan is the post-production editor for State of the Arts, overseeing everything from color correction to audio sweetening as the program makes its way to broadcast. Kevin is a television producer/director and 5 time Emmy winner. He’s also the co-owner of Ronan & Ronan Productions and 3R Media. In the mid-1980’s, Kevin began his career as a videographer and editor, and soon added producing and directing to his toolkit. He’s produced hundreds of segments for broadcast, programs for Fortune 500 companies and video projects for many non-profit organizations. Since 2003, he’s produced stories for Classroom Close-up NJ, a weekly magazine series broadcast on NJTV. Kevin graduated from the University of Hartford and attended The New School, NYC for journalism.


Mae Eli Kellert is the Social Media Producer for State of the Arts. They are a writer, photographer, and visual artist based at the Jersey Shore and Reykjavík, Iceland. They gained their BFA in photography at Stockton University with concentrations in Art History, French, and Writing, and are currently pursuing their Masters in Literature, Media, and Culture at the University of Iceland. They have also studied Painting en plein air and Contemporary Art History at IESA Paris. Mae Eli oversees State of the Arts’ social media accounts as well as their weekly newsletter, manages their website, and assists on PCK Media projects. Their visual arts portfolio is available at www.maekellert.com.




The State of the Arts Advisory Board

Lisa Honaker
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Stockton University

Robert Gregg
Dean of General Studies, Stockton University

Allison Tratner
Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Michelle Baxter-Schaffer
Program Officer, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Elizabeth A. Mattson
Board Member & Chair, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Wendel A. White
Distinguished Professor of Art, Stockton University


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