San Diego Opera (SDO)’s first OPERA HACK, launched in 2018 with support from an OPERA America Innovation Grant, and brought together a diverse group of experts from theater and technology backgrounds to brainstorm and prototype new ideas to enhance the building blocks of opera. For the results of the first OPERA HACK, visit
We have received another Innovation Grant to apply what we learned in the first iteration in order to identify and attempt to solve several of our industry's most important problems with new technologies. The results of this survey will be used to identify challenges that our hackathon participants will be given for our month-long event (June 4 - July 2, 2021).
We envision a future when the operatic artform can reach across differences in class, age, race, ability and more. This survey is to help us better to get to know you, break down barriers, improve our services, and report our impact. Please answer every question to the best of your ability.
This survey will close on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
OPERA HACK is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for additional questions regarding this survey: please email our Program Director, Angel Mannion at
Field(s) of Expertise - check all that apply
Scenic Design and Architecture
Costume Design and Construction
Libretto and Screenplay
Performance: Vocal and Instrumental
Performance: Dance and Choreography
Performance: Music Direction and Conducting
Administration General Director and Finance
Administration: Education and Community Engagement
Administration: Marketing and Ticketing
Administration: Artistic Administration
What kinds of technology do you spend the most time with while working in your field? This can include anything from smart phones, tablets, sound boards, lighting equipment, social media apps, etc
If your job involves managing a project budget, other than staff costs, what do you spend the most money on? If you're a performing artist, what are your largest expenses?
What necessary part(s) of your job do you often feel like steals time away from your creative workflow? In other words, what are tedious, repetitive, or monotonous tasks in your discipline that could benefit from reevaluation?
What is your biggest barrier to reducing the environmental impact of your work? Examples may include the need to travel to specific locations, requiring single-use paper/plastic for your work, insufficient time to make sustainable plans and choices, lack of institutional support, financial constraints, lack of information, etc. (Note: see the Broadway Green Alliance for more info on sustainable theater practices:
If your job involves physical labor, what specific aspects of your job could be improved to be more safe?
Do you believe that it is important for the opera industry as a whole to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces for artists, staff, and audiences? Why or why not? If yes, what in your own words could that or should that look like?
When it comes to increasing the diversity of artists, staff, and audiences and creating more equitable and inclusive spaces, what are some of the greatest challenges you’re facing?
Has your company stated a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion work? Do you believe that your company is committed to increasing the diversity of your artists, creating a more equitable workplace for staff, and cultivating a more inclusive environment for your audiences? Why or why not?
What are the next steps you believe the opera industry as a whole and your company in particular could take in order to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive space?
Are there any other challenges that you think could benefit from OPERA HACK 2.0?
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