Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director
“LA’s avant-garde opera darling” — Hollywood Reporter
Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014 Götz Friedrich Prize in Germany for his acclaimed production of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, originally produced at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Yuval founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry and directed the company’s productions of Crescent City, Invisible Cities, and In C. Yuval also directed a landmark production of John Cage’s Song Books at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. 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 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.
Upcoming projects include Three Sisters for the Vienna Staatsoper, Die Walküre for Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and many future projects for The Industry.
Elizabeth Cline, Executive Director
Elizabeth Cline has dedicated her career to supporting interdisciplinary artists and artistic communities. For the past eight years she has curated and produced performative, site responsive works across Los Angeles. Previously she was the Assistant Director at Machine Project, an arts non-profit in Los Angeles and a Curatorial Associate at the Hammer Museum, where she organized artist’s projects in the Public Engagement program. Elizabeth has taught and lectured about contemporary art practices at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Columbia College, Chicago; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Portland Art Museum, Portland and The Rubin Center, El Paso.
As a librettist and director, her work explores consciousness through subjectivity and time. Her first opera, Tragedy on the Sea Nymph, starring an all dog cast, premiered in 2010 at Machine Project (Los Angeles) performed by the Calder Quartet, in 2012 it travelled to The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and then was featured at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas (Denver) performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 her chamber opera The Edge of Forever, inspired by the ending of the Mayan long count calendar, was performed by LA-based chamber music ensemble wild Up, conducted by Christopher Rountree, at The Philosophical Research Society (Los Angeles).
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.
Ash Nichols, Production Manager
Ash joined The Industry as Production Manager during Hopscotch. Ash has been working as a theatre artist over the past decade throughout California, originally based in San Francisco and now in the multi-faceted Los Angeles, specializing in New Works and Community-Engaged projects. Production and Stage Management credits include work with: Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre (Harmony), Bootleg Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Z Space (The Companion Piece), The Jewish Theatre, Shotgun Players, Merola, Lamplighters Music Theater (Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe), & also the Associate Production Manager at SFSU. Ash is currently an Ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company, and has worked on many Cornerstone productions, including: Urban Rez, California: The Tempest, Bliss Point, Love on San Pedro, and Lunch Lady Courage.