Eric Dillner joined the Shoreline Arts Alliance as CEO/Executive Director in 2011, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Arts Alliance in 2013, and was invited to the Board of Directors of the CT NonProfit Alliance as the Division Chairman and Voice of Arts, Cultural and Heritage for the State of Connecticut. He is the past artistic/producing director of in-house productions of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts (previously named Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), artistic and general director of Shreveport Opera, managing director of Skylight Opera Theatre, and Director of Opera, Voice Instructor and vocalogist at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Eric has produced several commissions of new works including Corps of Discovery, a Musical Journey, and the National Endowment for the Arts funded children’s productions; Why Dinosaurs Don’t Smoke, Why Dinosaurs, Don’t Litter and Herman the Horse, a Healthy Tail.
At Shreveport Opera, Eric more than doubled operating income and secured the company’s largest corporate and individual donations in its 59-year history. He is a past board member of the Louisiana Presenters Network and mentor in the Peer Assistance Network program for Shreveport Arts Council. Eric was also a member of Rotary International and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award as well as named one of the Top Young Professionals 40 Under 40 Award by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Spanish Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and Milwaukee Historic Third Ward Association BID Board, Board of Directors.
Eric began his career as a tenor with the New York City Opera. He resides in Madison with his son Eric and wife, Susan Yankee, a Connecticut native and graduate of The Hartt School of Music and Yale School of Music. He is also a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Art and is the goalie coach for the West Haven High School Hockey team, CT Chiefs, and for the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.