Eric Dillner is CEO/Executive Director of Shoreline Arts Alliance and serves as the Voice of Arts and Culture for the State of Connecticut while serving on the Board of Directors of CT NonProfit Alliance. Eric also serves on the Board of Directors of GCTV and Connecticut Arts Alliance. He is the past artistic/producing director of in-house productions of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts (the 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 and wife, Susan Yankee, a Connecticut native and graduate of The Hartt School of Music and Yale School of Music. She serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind, the ESF-15 Diverse Community Outreach Task Force as well as Associate Fellow-Trumbull College Yale University.
He is a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
He is the goalie coach for the West Haven High School Hockey team, Daniel Hand High School Hockey team and for the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.