Who We Are
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), 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 has founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry, where his inaugural production of Anne LeBaron’s hyperopera Crescent City was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “groundbreaking” and “reshaping LA opera.” Yuval was Project Director for four years 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. He has also worked with international houses like the San Francisco Opera, the Mariinsky Theater, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, and the Komische Oper Berlin, as well as experimental venues like Le Poisson Rouge, Berkeley Opera, and the Deitch Projects. He was assistant director to Achim Freyer on the Los Angeles Ring Cycle and Associate Director of the world premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Graham Vick for the London 2012 Cultural Olympics.
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 new music festival VOX 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 and he recently sang the American premiere of Frank Denyer’s Out of the Shattered Shadows. 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 graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Theatre and California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Theatre. He has over 10 years of experience in live theatre as a producer, director, manager and actor in Los Angeles, New York, Europe and the Caribbean. Previously the Producer of Chocolate City – in intercultural showcase introducing Southern California artists of color to the Hollywood Industry – David is also the Founder of Artist Magnet, an online social network in development connecting artists to shows and venues everywhere. In addition, David is the Managing Director of Watts Village Theater Company, Secretary of the Watts Neighborhood Council, Chairman of LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, Board member of Mutineer Theatre Company, member of the LA Producer’s League Transitional Committee and emeritus member of City Garage Theatre.