The Industry (theindustryla.org) is an independent, artist-driven company creating productions that expand the definition of opera. The Industry believes in opera as an emerging genre, one that is still being discovered and redefined by contemporary artists using new tools and experimental techniques. The Industry’s work speaks to a broad contemporary audience by challenging the traditional artist-spectator relationship, with projects that cultivate the desire for interactivity and engagement. Although The Industry has achieved international recognition for our productions, we remain a quintessentially Los Angeles company by engaging local artists and composers, as well as fostering the spirit and culture distinctive to this community.
Founded by Yuval Sharon in 2010, The Industry has grown through interdisciplinary collaborations with organizations such as the Hammer Museum, LA Dance Project, wild Up, LA Metro, Ate9 Dance Company, and many others.
The Industry has developed large-scale world premiere productions every other year: Crescent City (2012), Invisible Cities (2013), and Hopscotch (2015). The Industry also presents smaller-scale yet artistically ambitious programs: First Take, a biennial workshop of new works-in-progress; Highway One, a performance series dedicated to California’s countercultural history; and Lab, a platform for experiments in collaborative processes.
In just a few short years, The Industry has been praised for “quickly and dramatically making itself an essential component in American opera” (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times) and “the coolest opera company in the world” (Brian Lauritzen, KUSC). Most recently Hopscotch was listed in Wired Magazine as one of four reasons Los Angeles is the #1 city in the world for the future of design.
The Industry’s role in the art community is to provide a platform for large-scale artistic experimentation and to inspire new audiences for interdisciplinary work. From the high quality of the individual artists to the innovative productions and unique collaborations, our work attracts diverse attention and participation throughout Southern California and beyond.
The Industry is Yuval Sharon, Founder and Artistic Director; Elizabeth Cline, Executive Director; Marc Lowenstein, Music Director; Ash Nichols, Production Manager.