Director of Photography & Technical Manager
Mae Eli Kellert
Aubrey J. Kauffman
The State of the Arts Advisory Board
Ian Marshall, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Stockton University
Executive Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Stockton University
Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Communications & Engagement Specialist, 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
Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer, director, and writer focusing on culture, history, and the arts. As a principal at PCK Media, Susan co-produces State of the Arts with Eric Schultz. She began with the series as a production assistant in 1988, becoming series producer four years later. Many of her 18 Emmys are for her work on State of the Arts, including Rose Marie McCoy: It’s Gonna Work Out Fine and Guthrie at Greystone.
Among Susan’s national documentaries are Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky, Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and, most recently, Kea’s Ark, a documentary about the self-taught artist, activist, and builder of a legendary ark in Newark.
Eric Schultz is an award-winning producer and director of arts, cultural and music programming and a founding member of PCK Media. He and colleague Susan Wallner have produced State of the Arts since 2011.
Eric’s 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 2016. The previous year, public television viewers saw Pulling Out All the Stops, his film about the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. PBS also distributed his documentary Peanuts Gallery, the recipient of a NETA Award for Best Performance Program. His documentary Bonaparte’s Retreat was picked up for national distribution by American Public Television (APT). He is a founding member of PCK Media.
Eric is a cellist and loves to play chamber music and practice the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Recently he’s been working, with mixed results, to learn the Italian language.
Mae Eli Kellert is the Communications Producer for State of the Arts. They are a writer, photographer, and visual artist based at the Jersey Shore, with an MA in Literature, Media, and Culture from Háskóli Íslands in Reykjavík, Iceland, and a BFA in Photography from Stockton University, with concentrations in art history, writing, and French. They have also studied painting and art history at IESA Paris. Mae Eli oversees State of the Arts’ social media and newsletter, manages their website, and assists on PCK Media projects. Their visual arts portfolio is available at www.maekellert.com.
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.
Aubrey J. Kauffman is a fine art photographer and contributing producer to State of the Arts. He has worked as a cinematographer on numerous Emmy Award winning productions for NJPTV. His photography has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the New Jersey State Museum, Enfoco at 7th and 2ND Street Gallery in New York, Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, Texas, the Rider University Art Gallery in Lawrenceville, NJ, and more.
Aubrey has an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and he has taught photography at Mason Gross and elsewhere. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, Rider University, and Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick.
Bob Szuter is an independent writer/producer/editor with over twenty years experience in field production and editing. He’s been responsible for creating broadcast and online media focused on the arts, history, food culture and the environment. Recent PBS series include: Pasta & Politics with Nick Acocella and Mike Colameco’s Real Food, in addition to State of the Arts. While at NJN Public Television, many of Bob’s long-format programs were distributed nationally. Szuter has also produced broadcast shows, digital media, and spot campaigns for non-profit organizations. His last documentary for NJN, The Power of the Governor, won the 2011 New York Emmy for Best Political Special, and his profile of urban wetlands Turning the Tide received both a CINE Golden Eagle and a World Medal at the New York Festivals. Bob was also part of the State of the Arts team that won a 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy for Best Magazine Program.
Ilene Dube has produced several State of the Arts segments, and previously, her short documentaries screened at a variety of NJ film festivals, arts centers, and libraries. Her documentary about artists in Roosevelt was the catalyst for an exhibition she guest curated at Morven Museum & Garden, and her film Painting the Moon and Beyond: Lois Dodd and Friends became the topic for an exhibition she curated at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Her writing has appeared at JerseyArts, Princeton Magazine, Hyperallergic, and others, and her short stories have been published in more than a dozen literary journals. As an artist she has been exhibited at Phillip’s Mill, Hobart Art in the Native Landscape, Hopewell Tour des Arts, ArtsBridge, Monmouth Museum, and others.
Sam Vladimirsky‘s hunger for a good story has taken him through the underground tunnels beneath the Met, inside the homes of New Yorker cartoonists, and onto remote farms, developing cities, gun ranges, catacombs, and costume shops. A New Jersey native, he is an advocate for the tiny but mighty team, and collaborative storytelling that is fearless and uncompromising. In addition to his work as a contributing producer for State of the Arts, he is currently art directing & editing at the Academy Award®-winning Breakwater Studios. Sam graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and French and earned an M.A. in Art History from University College London.
Dan 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.
Nemuna Ceesay (she/her/hers) is an actor/director/educator based in New York. Selecting acting credits include: Second Stage, CalShakes, Joe’s Pub, PlayMakers Rep, Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T., The Public Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Selected TV credits include: Bull, Broad City, Instinct, Younger, FBI, Prodigal Son and Katy Keene. Nemuna is the Associate Director of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning A Strange Loop on Broadway and the founder of an all BIPOC training program called The Blueprint. MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater. Follow her on Instagram @_nemuna_ and @theblueprintartist. You can also visit her website: www.nemunarceesay.com and learn more about The Blueprint at www.theblueprintartist.com
Kevin 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 7 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.