Creative Team

Peter B. Myers, Executive Producer/Writer, has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration, development and communications. From 1987 to 1995 he was employed by Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), initially as capital campaign manager and later as vice president of communications. Now an independent producer and communications specialist, Myers has created numerous productions for nonprofit organizations. His tpt documentary about Minnesota’s choral music legacy, “Never Stop Singing,” won a 2010 Midwest Regional Emmy Award. He also serves as public relations advisor for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Skip Davis, Editor, worked on numerous programs for tpt including At the Capitol, Almanac, the Emmy Award-winning special “The Forgetting” and several Suze Orman, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Luther College Christmas specials. He spent two years as lead editor for the national children’s science series DragonflyTV, one year as the principal editor for MakeTV, and is in his third season as editor for the Emmy Award-winning series MN Original on tpt. In 2010 he shared a regional Emmy Award with Myers for “Never Stop Singing.”

Lou Bellamy, Narrator, is the founder and artistic director of Penumbra Theatre. Under his leadership, Penumbra has produced 23 world premieres, including August Wilson’s first professional production, and is proud to have produced more of Mr. Wilson’s plays than any theater in the world. An OBIE Award-winning director, he has been a member of the University of Minnesota’s faculty for 32 years and is currently associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Recent directing credits include Black Pearl Sings!, Radio Golf, Fences and The Piano Lesson at Penumbra, A Raisin in the Sun and Gem of the Ocean, Penumbra productions staged at the Guthrie, and Two Trains Running at the Signature Theatre in New York.

Matt Ehling, Director of Photography, is an independent filmmaker whose films have appeared on PBS and at major festivals. Two of them, “Urban Warrior” and “Security and the Constitution,” have garnered national recognition while sparking dialogue about issues of personal rights and national security. He contributed photography to “Never Stop Singing” as well as “Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story.” Ehling won the grand prize in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Greatest Generation documentary film contest for his film about his grandfather and World War II. He also produced a segment of tpt’s medical series Honoring Choices which was afforded the 2012 “Making a Difference” Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award.

Laurie Stern, Field Producer, is a veteran broadcast journalist. She has been a producer for KARE11, WCCO TV, Twin Cities Public Television and American Radioworks, the documentary unit of American Public Media. Her specialties are explaining complex topics and foregrounding seldom-heard voices. She is currently an independent producer and an instructor in the journalism department at the University of Minnesota.

Linda James, Associate Producer/Researcher, is an experienced researcher, librarian and archivist with extensive work in the media field. James served as library director at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, assistant library director at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and library director for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. James served as associate producer/researcher for tpt’s “Lost Twin Cities III” and as researcher on both the film and book “Tales of the Road: Highway 61.” Both films have both been awarded regional Emmys. James’ experience includes work at the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in research and archivist positions.

Susan Marks, Researcher, is a professional author, historian, researcher, public speaker, historical documentary filmmaker, Jerome Foundation grant recipient, and graduate of the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota. A former tour guide for the Minnesota Historical Society, she has written five history books: “Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food,” “Stuck on You: The History of Band-Aid Brand Bandages,” “Historic Photos of Minnesota,” “In the Mood for Munsingwear: Minnesota’s Claim to Underwear Fame” and “Historic Photos of Minneapolis 1950s, 1960s & 1970s.”