Linda is a graduate of the Indiana School of Music
and currently resides in Montclair, NJ with her husband Martin
and children Jonah and Molly Rae.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland
Board member through January 2018
became executive cirector of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in September 2013.
In this role he
provides innovative and strategic leadership for the Center's programmatic, educational and community outreach activities and contributes to the fundraising efforts of the organization.
With collaboration as a core operating tenant, Wollesen
works with university leadership and campus partners to advance the Center's mission, strengthen faculty and student relationships and cultivate new and existing community connections.
Wollesen came to the Clarice Smith Center from University of California at San Diego where he served dual roles.
As artistic director for ArtPower!
provided artistic vision and strategic direction to the organization, the university's premiere multi-presenting arts program in dance, music, spoken word and film.
offers diverse artistic experiences that foster self-exploration with an emphasis on risk-taking and the unknown.
These principles are familiar to Wollesen
, who had an international upbringing.
Residing in places like Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Portugal and Israel and witnessing street performance, cultural festivals and operas, for him the arts are linked to cultural identity.
As artistic director for ArtPower!
created and implemented the Innovator-in-Residence
Program that explores the intersections between the sciences and the arts; The Loft, a performance lounge and wine bar, the only venue of its kind on a college campus; Wonderland
, an international festival of contemporary dance; and the Place Matters Project, the most comprehensive, interdisciplinary arts initiative in the university's history where non-performing arts students worked with Brooklyn-based dance ensemble Urban Bush Women to create movement pieces that enriched their connections to campus.
also inaugurated ArtPower!
Film, a series of interactive film experiences that complement and extend the performing arts program.
At UC San Diego, Wollesen also served as the director of the University Events Office, overseeing arts and event programs that enhance student life and support community involvement with the university, including campus traditions such as New Student Convocation, All Grad Campus Celebration and the Sun God Festival.
The University Events Office was also responsible for the UCSD Box Office, University Artist/Speaker Contract Management, and University Music Licensing.
Wollesen serves on the board of directors for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and California Presenters.
He previously served in board roles with the Western Arts Alliance and San Diego Performing Arts League.
In 2012, he
was awarded the Western Arts Alliance
Vanguard Award for innovation in the arts for The Loft as UCSD
In 2011 he
was named as San Diego Magazine's 50 People to Watch.?
University Events Office
As the director of the University Events Office at UC San Diego, Martin Wollesen oversees arts and event programs that enhance student life and support community involvement.
As artistic director for ArtPower! at UC San Diego, Wollesen provides artistic guidance and strategic development for the university's premiere multipresenting arts program in dance, music, spoken word and film.
In 2007, Wollesen
Film, a series of interactive film experiences that compliment and extend the performing arts program, including the annual Up&Coming Film Festival dedicated to showcasing emerging student talent in a professionally juried context.
In September 2008, he
launched The Loft, a performance lounge and wine bar where emerging arts and pop culture collide.
The Loft programs an eclectic mix of performance experiences four-to-six nights a week and includes a public video gallery and visual art exhibitions.
The Loft is the only venue of its kind on a college campus in the country, and was voted best venue in San Diego to appreciate music.
In 2011, Wollesen
created, in partnership with campus and community organizations, Wonderland
, a biennial international festival of contemporary dance.
has created and significantly broadened the ArtPower!
In 2006, he
and faculty partners unfolded the Place Matters Project, the most comprehensive interdisciplinary arts initiative in the history of UCSD
This two-quarter residency with artists, faculty, staff and students explored issues of community, leadership and civic engagement using arts, and dance specifically, as a lens to address and respond to complex community concerns.
In 2009, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Wollesen
inaugurated the Innovator-in-Residence Project that explored choreographic cognition, creativity and learning distribution with UCSD
faculty researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in cognitive science.
Wollesen has served on the board of directors for the Western Arts Alliance, serving as chair of the Mentor/New Colleague Committee and co-chair of Professional Development Committee and received the 2009 WAA Betty Connors Award in recognition for outstanding volunteer service to the Western Arts Alliance and the performing Arts in the West.
He currently serves on the board of directors of California Presenters as treasurer.
was named by San Diego Magazine
as one of "50 People to Watch in San Diego in 2011" and was named a "San Diego Trailblazer" by 944 Magazine.
Previous to assuming his role at UC San Diego in 2004, Wollesen was associate director of programming and director of education at Stanford Lively Arts, where he created the largest campus-wide arts residency project in the history of Stanford University with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Wollesen served as the director of arts and lectures at UC Santa Cruz prior to Stanford.
has lived in Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Israel and Portugal.