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ABOUT

US

 
The Industry creates experimental productions that expand the traditional definition of opera.  By merging media and through interdisciplinary collaborations, we produce works that inspire new audiences for the art form.  We believe that new opera opens space for imagination, engagement, dialogue, and connection.  The Industry serves as an incubator for new talent and for artists predominantly based in Los Angeles.
 
OUR 
TEAM
YUVAL SHARON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


Named a “Face to Watch” in 2012 by the Los Angeles Times, Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera.  His productions have been described as “powerful” (New York Times), "virtuosic" (Opernwelt), "dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), “ingenious” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “staggering” (Opera News).

Yuval directed a landmark production of John Cage Song Books at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman.  He made his European debut with John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at the Badisches Stadtstheater Karlsruhe in a highly acclaimed production that has been invited to Seville in 2015.  For four years, Yuval was Project Director of New York City Opera’s VOX, an annual workshop of new American opera, which became the most important crucible for new opera in the country under his direction.

Yuval founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry.
MARC LOWENSTEIN

MUSIC DIRECTOR


Marc is the Music Director of The Industry.  He has conducted the premieres of several new operas including The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, Dice Thrown, The Scarlet Letter, The Peach Blossom Fan, and WET, and the American premieres of Schaeffer’s Loving and Aperghis’ Sextuor.  For four years he conducted with the New York City Opera’s VOX new music festival and he has conducted on the Monday Evening Concert Series, with Jacaranda, with the Ear Unit, the Vinny Golia Ensemble, the Kadima Conservatory, the CalArts New Century Players, and Ensemble Green.  He was the founder and music director of the Berkeley Contemporary Opera, a company that produced four seasons of contemporary operas.

As a singer, he specializes in contemporary music and has performed over twenty-five opera roles including the premiere of What to Wear by Michael Gordon and Richard Foreman.  Marc has written a full-length opera based on the screenplay to The Fisher King, is working on a children’s opera, and has written several shorter chamber works.

He has been a professional whistler, plays klezmer clarinet, and he teaches theory, conducting, composition and history at CalArts.
DAVID MACK

MANAGING DIRECTOR


David is a graduate of Cornell University and CalArts with a BA and MFA in theatre respectively.  He began working for The Industry as General Manager in 2013, and became Managing Director in 2014.  Prior to working with The Industry, David was the Managing Director of Watts Village Theater Company for four years.  Moreover, David volunteered on several boards in various leadership roles, including: Chairman of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, Board Secretary and Education Chair of the Watts Neighborhood Council, Board member of Mutineer Theatre Company, and member of the LA Producer's League Transitional Committee.

In addition to his work with The Industry, David recently served as Project Manager of L.A. Dance Project's inaugural production at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, and on the Steering committee for Arts for LA's LA Convergence.  David currently serves on the LA Producer's League Midsize Board.
Daniel Anderson
 
Staff

 
First Take '13
 
In C
As our Creative Manager, Daniel draws on his experience in new media and video to create digital pieces for the Industry.  He first collaborated with the company during the 2013 FIRST TAKE program.  An accomplished artist, he's lived, worked, and enjoyed opera in Sydney, Vancouver, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Minnesota, and, most recently, Los Angeles. 

When he’s not busy at the computer, he can often be found on his Vespa, tracking down an art opening, a banh-mi sandwich, or a dirty chai.
Chris Cerrone
 
Composer

 
Invisible Cities
Hailed as “a rising star” (The New Yorker), Christopher Cerrone writes music of profound intimacy and rigor. Cerrone has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Opera America, the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, and New Music USA. He was recently named to NPR’s 2011 crowd-sourced selection of young composers, “100 Composers Under 40.”

Chris composed the music for our 2013 production of INVISIBLE CITIES, which was released as an Industry Records studio recording in 2014.
Mitchell Colley
 
Production Team
 
Staff

Mitchell is an actor, writer, and producer specializing in arts marketing and outreach. He is currently the assistant to the director of marketing at Grand Park, an editor at Steele Spring Stage Rights, and a production associate at The Industry opera company.

Recent projects include marketing and outreach coordination for Invisible Cities (an opera through wireless headphones at L.A.’s historic Union Station,) and marketing and outreach coordination for L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (formally the United Artists Theatre.)

He like tacos and pizza.
Nadine Kreisberger
 
Board Member

Born and raised in Paris, Nadine moved to New York after her studies where she developed a ground-breaking classical music company (Andante) - at the time, the leading classical online portal, as well as a high-end record label.
Following her wish to experience difference societies, cultures & traditions, she moved to Hawaii then to Mongolia, where she became the right hand of its leading female politician S. Oyun (working in Parliament & government to advance a sound democratic & socio-economic development for the country).

Her journey then unfolded in India, where she developed a psychotherapy practice as well as a number of media activities, including a celebrated weekly interview column (Indian Express), and shows on Doordarshan, India's public television channel.  She is now based in California where she pursues her counseling and consulting activities as well as writing projects.
Caroline Mankey
 
Board Member

Caroline Mankey is a partner at Cypress, LLP, and represents companies and individuals in the entertainment and business communities.  Caroline resolves disputes involving publicity rights, invasions of privacy, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, defamation, and First Amendment rights to free speech and of fair use, as well as complex business disputes arising out of partnerships, contractual rights and obligations, interferences with business opportunities, sexual harassment allegations, employment disputes, and contests over ownership rights in various forms of property.

Having been raised living in hotels in Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Honolulu as the daughter of a hotel manager, Caroline is now a long-time resident of Silver Lake, but still loves to travel and feels most at home in fine hotels.  Caroline is also passionate about running, hiking, yoga, art, music, fashion, wine, and vegan cooking.
Josh Raab
 
Board Member

 
Hopscotch
Josh Raab is founder of theNewerYork.com, and it’s the only thing he is proud of.  He also earned a degree in English Literature and Philosophy from from NYU but is unsure if this is something to be proud of.  He likes to end sentences with of.
Rachel Scandling
 
Production Team
 
Staff

 
Crescent City
 
First Take '13
 
Invisible Cities
Rachel's background in dance influences her love for producing performance and interactive events.  She first worked with The Industry in 2012 for Crescent City and she's been in love with experimental opera projects since.  Although a native of small-town Alaska, Rachel has enjoyed a decade of sun and adventure in California and is proud to call LA home.  She currently produces programming at Grand Park in DTLA, and has worked with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, The Music Center and Live Arts Exchange (LAX).

Yoga, city adventures, and morning coffee keep her busy when she's not... busy.
Mary Ann O'Connor - Chairperson
Fariba Ghaffari
Mark Hoebich
Nadine Kreisberger
Caroline Mankey
Adam Paris
Josh Raab
 
PRESS

& MEDIA
Feel free to Contact Us with any media or press enquiries.
You can also download our Press Packet HERE.
"The Industry is quickly and dramatically making itself an essential component of American opera. FIRST TAKE could be the start of something big. The company is now indispensable to the LA opera scene."
–Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times  ( First Take '13 )
“Is This the Opera of the Future?  Invisible Cities may be thematically timeless, but it represents the leading edge of operatic innovation — a bold effort to create individualized experiences within the context of a communal performance.”
–Jeffrey Marlow, Wired Magazine  ( Invisible Cities )
“In an era of digitally projected IMAX 3D movies, on-demand television and hyperrealistic, open world video games, the centuries-old art form of opera might appear to have become something of a technological relic.  But in an effort to breathe new life into the medium, a trio of companies has come together to create something never before attempted: an opera whose soundscape exists entirely in the audience’s headphones, and a performance that bleeds directly into the physical space of its surroundings.  The line between performer, audience member, and onlooker blurred; the experience was somewhere between a traditional opera, an alternate reality game (ARG), and a piece of high-tech performance art.”
–Evan Shamoon, TechHive  ( Invisible Cities )
“The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and audio specialist Sennheiser push the boundaries of art, imagination and wireless technology for an unprecedented, interactive dramatic experience, allowing the audience as well as by-standers in Los Angeles’ Union Station.  I was totally immersed in the moment, feeling a part of the scene as if the spirits were singing only to me and I was a part of them.  I know other audience members were taking photos of the moment and I can only imagine the look of wonder on my face.”
–Shari Barrett, Broadway World  ( Invisible Cities )
“The hottest ticket in town.  A movable feast: you’re encouraged to wander under the train station’s noir-glam arches and through manicured grounds, where performers are waiting for you to discover them.  You might happen upon pirouetting dancers from Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project.  Or find a soprano warbling in a corner, her voice amplified by a hidden microphone into your headphones.  It’s the high-concept project of director Yuval Sharon, whose fledgling company The Industry is fresh from wowing audiences last spring with a different production.  This time the work is even more ambitious.  Finally, someone who’s made opera accessible and fun.”
–PureWow  ( Invisible Cities )
“A creative journey of wonderment.  The Industry, in its world premiere presentation of Anne LeBaron’s super- duper hyperopera, truly achieves the goals of Artistic Director, Yuval Sharon: ‘to expand the traditional definition of opera and create a new paradigm for interdisciplinary collaboration.’  A multimedia work of the quality of Crescent City has been a long time coming.”
–The Examiner  ( Crescent City )
“Exuberant and wonderfully performed: Crescent City reshapes LA opera.”
–Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times  ( Crescent City )
“A hugely ambitious and promising world premiere from a new company that may have changed the face of music-theater in this town overnight.  That they’ve managed to produce something so attractive and professionally done right out of the bat is cause for celebration.  There’s not a non-commanding image or uninteresting moment in the show.

Most importantly, a band of Los Angeles based artists have come together to produce a huge, elaborate work right here without just emulating a pattern developed elsewhere or with imported elements from whatever worked out of town.  One hopes this is only the beginning for The Industry, because with them the future of performance in the city looks decidedly brighter.”

–Out West Arts  ( Crescent City )
PARTNERS

& SUPPORT

The ATE 9 dance company, along with choreographer DANIELLE AGAMI, have collaborated on several Industry productions.

BEXEL was a key technology partner for our production of INVISIBLE CITIES.

The HAMMER MUSEUM has served as a venue and producing partner for several Industry projects.

KCET's Artbound program gave a new voice to our production of INVISIBLE CITIES.

The Industry is supported in part by the LA County Board of Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission.

LA DANCE PROJECT was a collaborator on our 2013 production of INVISIBLE CITIES.

METRO was a producing partner for our 2013 production of INVISIBLE CITIES at L.A. Union Station.

The Industry is a proud Professional Company Member of Opera America.

PODIO very generously sponsors project-management software to keep The Industry's creative team connected.

SENNHEISER USA provided the audio technology and expertise that brought INVISIBLE CITIES to life.

WILD UP! and conductor Christopher Rountree have become frequent collaborators with The Industry.
CONTACT

US TODAY

contact [at] theindustryla.org

PO Box 291726
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(718) 812-9159