Series Producers
Eric Schultz
Susan Wallner

Narrator
Dan Gordon

Director of Photography & Technical Manager
Joe Conlon

Post-Production Editor
Kevin Ronan

Social Media Producer
Mae Eli Kellert

Contributing Producers
Aubrey J. Kauffman
Bob Szuter

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
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. Fourteen of her 15 Emmys are for her work on State of the Arts, including Helen M. Stummer: Documentary Photographer and Guthrie at Greystone.

Among Susan’s national documentaries are Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the SkyBen Shahn: Passion for Justice, and Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist. Currently, she is in production with Kea’s Ark, a documentary about the self-taught artist, activist, and builder of a legendary ark in Newark, and in pre-production with Rose Marie McCoy: It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, about one of the first Black women to succeed as a popular songwriter. Susan’s podcasts and print articles have appeared on Jersey Arts, and Hyperallergic.

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Eric Schultz

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.


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Mae Eli Kellert

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, 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 Conlom

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

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.

www.aubreyjkauffman.com

Dan Gordon

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

Nemuna Ceesay has been a narrator for State of the Arts since 2019. She is an actress originally from Sacramento, California, with a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and an M.F.A. in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Favorite Regional Credits include: What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T., and Public Theater), The Cake (Barrington Stage Company), The Christians and Tartuffe (PlayMakers Rep), Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Roe, and Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A Raisin in the Sun and The Comedy of Errors (Cal Shakes). Nemuna has also performed internationally in Major Barbara (Theatre Calgary) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). TV: Katy Keene, Prodigal Son, FBI, Younger, Instinct, An Enemy Within, Madame Secretary, Broad City and Forever.  www.nemunarceesay.com

Kevin Ronan

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.