Update from The Clarice

February 25, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

Martin Wollesen has served as Executive Director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center since 2013 and he will be stepping down from the position effective immediately. As he departs this role, he will remain available to assist the Dean on special arts-related projects through June 2020.

I thank Martin for his valued service over the past six years. In particular, I want to recognize his work in expanding partnerships with campus-wide units, local arts organizations and Prince George’s County Public Schools. He also brought the NextNow Festival to Maryland, drawing students from across the campus in an annual celebration of imagination, creativity and community. I wish him success in his future endeavors.

I’m very appreciative that The Clarice’s Associate Executive Director Erica Bondarev Rapach has agreed to serve as acting executive director. I am confident that with her leadership and the ongoing commitment of the talented professional staff of The Clarice, they will continue to serve and advance the performing arts at Maryland.

With this transition, the college will begin a deliberative process of assessing and planning for a dynamic and exciting future for The Clarice in collaboration with other campus arts partners.


Bonnie Thornton Dill
Dean & Professor, College of Arts and Humanities