Instigators


Instigators

Creativity—Innovation—Vision

WHAT: A bold, new multidisciplinary initiative designed to pioneer future directions for San Francisco Opera and the art form of opera.

WHO: A remarkable group of six thinkers and artists. Meet them.

HOW: Each Instigator, based on their individual creative practice and expertise, will pursue an avenue of inquiry in a lab-like framework for one or two years, supported by San Francisco Opera. Starting in June, Instigators will immerse themselves in the art form, exchanging knowledge with members of the staff and creative community, generating questions and approaches around the future of opera.

 

The ultimate goal of the INSTIGATORS program:
to infuse the rich but age-old art form with new thinking and perspectives.

Jad Abumrad

Storyteller-musician-journalist Jad Abumrad, creator of Radiolab and other podcasts


Samantha Gorman

Multimedia writer-director Samantha Gorman, co-director/founder of TenderClaws, a game, art and tech studio

Abhishek Majumdar

Writer-scenographer-director Abhishek Majumdar, artistic director of Bangalore's Nalanda Arts Studio

Paula Te

Design technologist-researcher Paula Te , who focuses on the intersection of crafting, learning, and culture

Not Revealed

Chef-educator-author Bryant Terry, James Beard & NAACP Image Award-winning activist


Peter Zuspan

Architect-designer-software engineer Peter Zuspan of Bureau V, a queer architecture and design studio

The Instigators team includes:

Elena Park
Curator
Elena Park

 

Jocelyn Clarke
Creative Advisor
Jocelyn Clarke

 

Lee Helms
Dir. Innovation Programs
Lee Helms

 


 

Made Possible By

The Instigators’ artistry is one of our many Innovation Programs made possible, in part, by the Creative Edge Fund with major support from Carol and Dixon Doll, Peter Fenton and Kate Greer, and Bob Ellis.

Innovation Program sponsorships are available. If interested in learning more or making a gift, please contact Chief Philanthropy Officer Lisa Bury at [email protected] or (415) 551-6226.

 

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