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Former SOPAC Director Lands New Gig

Michael Bollinger, former head of SOPAC, is Executive Director of Virginia's Louisa Arts Center

Michael Bollinger has been named Executive Director of Virginia's Louisa Arts Center (LAC). Bollinger, who recently headed SOPAC, came to New Jersey from Virginia. 

“I am pleased to be selected as the new leader and public ambassador for the Louisa Arts Center. It’s nice to return to Virginia,” says Bollinger. “The arts and cultural are important resources for any community. The Center has much to be proud of."

LAC board president Brian Marks stated, “Bollinger is a solid addition to the Center. We’re thrilled to be welcome Michael Bollinger to Louisa! His diverse background, experience and enthusiasm will help elevate LAC to a new level of excellence."

Bollinger is Founding Director of Mainstage Theatre, has served as Artistic Producing Director of Missouri’s Lyceum Theatre, as inaugural Director of Virginia’s Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and President-Elect of Virginia’s Governors School for the Arts. He has presented many performing arts series, including Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winners. He has produced over 200 theatrical productions including the American regional theatre premiere of AIDA. Bollinger is a recipient of the Missouri Arts Award and received a commendation from President Clinton. 

Michael Goldberg February 01, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I was honored to act as a reference for Michael when he was interviewing last Fall and am thrilled that he landed on his feet so quickly. I wish nothing but the best of success to Mr. B and hope he can accomplish even half as much as he did to improve SOPAC and South Orange. "Break a Leg", Michael!
Augustus McCall February 03, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Agree!
Thurston Wheelis February 03, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Considering what he inherited, Mr. Bollinger did an exceptional job at SOPAC. He was out in the community and was great with his volunteers. He smoothed out rough relations between the Village and the center. He started new events like Blues in the Loft, Jazz in the Loft and brought in the fantastic annual Giants of Jazz concert. Bollinger selected many amazing performers, including the majority of the current season. According to a recent Patch article, under his leadership last year reached record attendance. He worked hard and will be missed in S.O. And so it goes….

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