Guest Shows

Approximately 20 weeks out of the year, Z Space rents out their theatre so that the best artists in theatre, music, dance, film, literature and other genres have a premier venue to bring their work to the public.

We are proud to have hosted the likes of Litquake, LINES Ballet, Eddie Izzard, Zhukov Dance, the Kronos Quartet, and many more.

Awesöme Orchestra presents: Inara George’s An Invitation in concert

feat. special guest Van Dyke Parks

Oct 8 - Oct 9

Join Inara George and special guest Van Dyke Parks for a special, two-night only concert event! Accompanied by members of Awesöme Orchestra, the Bay Area's adventure-seeking orchestra, they'll be performing George's full symphonic-pop album An Invitation in its entirety featuring choreography and aerial performances by Lexi Pearl. The second half will feature a full set of songs and arrangements performed by legendary musical maverick Van Dyke Parks, with some very special surprise appearances. Proceeds from the event will help fund Awesöme Orchestra's free and open sessions, supporting their mission of seeking out musical adventures and making orchestral music more accessible to our communities.

Litquake - Drivel: Litquake’s Book Launch

Co-presented by The Writers' Grotto

Oct 11 8:00 PM

Join Litquake and The Grotto for the official launch of Drivel, a new collection of wordy, overwrought, insipid writing by America’s most beloved authors and artists, edited by award-winning journalist and radio producer Julia Scott. Based on Litquake’s wildly popular Regreturature stage shows, Drivel eagerly shares with the world this uplifting bit of humorous voyeurism that reminds us all that sometimes, early writing can just suck ass. Tonight, select Drivel contributors brave their souls and come forth to share some of their crappiest early work. Thanks to these courageous but foolhardy writers, you’ll discover the real meaning of a work-in-progress.

Litquake - Stories from Home: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation

Oct 12 1:00 PM

Join Litquake and the Museum of the African Diaspora for a sure-to-be fascinating conversation between Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta and Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo. As transnational writers who both emigrated to the United States in their youth, Okparanta and Bulawayo interrogate the meaning of home and writing across continents as they redefine diaspora literature for a new generation. Moderated by Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

Litquake - The Best American Nonrequired Reading

Oct 12 3:00 PM

This annual collection compiles the country’s best fiction, journalism, essays, comics, and humor, and introduces a large readership to dozens of new writers and publications. The Best American Nonrequired Reading committee—comprising students from dozens of different high schools—meets nearly every week of the year to read, debate, and compile this offbeat yet vital anthology. The 2014 edition is edited by Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, who will emcee this category-defying event, along with special guests Adam Johnson and Andrew Altschul.

Litquake - Attempting Normal: Marc Maron In Conversation

Oct 12 7:00 PM

For three decades, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. The Los Angeles Times has called him “devastatingly funny,” and comedian Louis C.K. has described him as “a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet.” Maron’s podcast WTF with Marc Maron features compelling monologues and interviews with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller. In conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware.

Litquake - From Austen to Room to Frog Music: Emma Donoghue’s Literary Life

Oct 13 8:00 PM

Bestselling author Emma Donoghue discusses her latest novel Frog Music, a murder mystery set in 19th century San Francisco, which The New Yorker described as being “alive...brimming with sin and music.” Admission includes hardback copy of Frog Music. In conversation with Jewelle Gomez.

Litquake - Identity Theft

James Luna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña Present Performance Art and Activism in Two Part

Oct 14 7:00 PM

Long time collaborators and friends, Native American conceptual and performance artist James Luna and writer and performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña share the stage once again for an evening in two parts. "Native Stories: For Fun, Profit & Guilt” by James Luna and featuring Sheila Tishmil Skinner examines the effects of the social, spiritual, economic, and physical trauma that Native people survived through via the missions system under the Spanish. Guillermo Gómez-Peña's new spoken-word monologue explores the ongoing rewriting and reenactment of some of his classic performances, as well as dealing with radical citizenship and what he terms “imaginary activism.”

Litquake - The Paul Chowder Chronicles: An Evening with Nicholson Baker

Oct 15 7:00 PM

The newest release from bestselling author Nicholson Baker combines his two recent novels featuring Paul Chowder, his quirkiest and most unforgettable protagonist yet. The Anthologist and Traveling Sprinkler, packaged together for the first time, chronicle the world of the “erudite, unpretentious, and often hilarious” (The New Yorker) Paul Chowder. This two-volume package, The Paul Chowder Chronicles, tells a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story, buttressed with the horror of America’s drone wars, Quaker meetings, Planet Fitness workouts, and some experiments with tobacco. Baker will be in conversation with San Francisco writer/critic Steven Winn.

Litquake - Hot Flash Fiction

Steamy, Sexy, Super-Short Original Fiction by Women Old Enough to Know Better

Oct 16 7:00 PM

A variety of female authors of a certain age (including a few New York Times bestsellers) will dazzle in this entertaining evening exploring the many things that get us hot. Yes, that includes sex, but also other passions, from political causes to that farmers’ market cherry pie we can’t live without. Expect to laugh, maybe to cry, and be forced to think. You don’t have to be a woman to attend, but it might help.

Doors open at 7 pm for cocktail hour and custom stylings courtesy of Flutter Eyewear.

Litquake- A McSweeney’s Variety Show

with Arthur Bradford, Thao Nguyen, and Boots Riley

Oct 17 8:00 PM

Beginning with Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, first launched in 1998, the number of literary community enterprises launched by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida is truly staggering. Because of these projects, thousands of children have been inspired by books, hundreds of authors have seen their work published in print and online, and millions of booklovers around the world have been assured of high-quality, beautifully packaged reading materials. Tonight, Litquake’s annual tribute variety show honors the achievements of all involved, with an evening of live music (via Thao Nguyen), unusual performance (via Arthur Bradford) and the first live reading of a screenplay by Boots Riley of the Coup. Other special guests are likely, too.

Litquake - The Art of Poetry

with Elizabeth Block, Robin Ekiss, Judy Halebsky, Roxane Beth Johnson, and Zack Rogow

Oct 18 11:00 AM The Art of Poetry is a part of the Art of Writing series: three panels on the craft and process of writing. Each is followed by a Q&A session, as well as book sales and signings. Moderated by Robin Ekiss.

Litquake - The Art of the Short Story

with Molly Antopol, Lorraine Babb, Nona Caspers, Michelle Richmond, and Namwali Serpell

Oct 18 1:00 PM

The Art of the Short Story is a part of the Art of Writing series: three panels on the craft and process of writing. Each is followed by a Q&A session, as well as book sales and signings. Moderated by Namwali Serpell.

Litquake - The Art of the Novel

with Richard Kadrey, Yiyun Li, Kathryn Ma, Joshua Mohr, and Angela Pneuman

Oct 18 3:00 PM

The Art of the Novel is a part of the Art of Writing series: three panels on the craft and process of writing. Each is followed by a Q&A session, as well as book sales and signings. Moderated by Joshua Mohr.

Post:Ballet presents “Hi-5”

Nov 20 - Nov 22

Post:Ballet's debut fall season "Hi-5" will feature an intimate collection of works that highlight our exceptional dancers and Dekkers' diverse choreography. Audiences are invited to catch a first glimpse of Do Be, our highly anticipated evening-length collaboration with San Francisco-based contemporary musical ensemble 'The Living Earth Show', premiering in March 2015. The other pieces being performed are Yours is Mine, Dekkers' recent creation for Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi, with an invigorating score by Philadelphia-based composer Jonathan Pfeffer, Flutter, Dekkers’ very first work for Post:Ballet, set to music by Steve Reich and J.S. Bach, and Sixes and Seven, set to the final episode from Philip Glass' epic Einstein on the Beach.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program

Fall Showcase 2014

Nov 7 - Nov 8

Join us for an evening of groundbreaking, heart-pumping dance, performed by LINES Ballet Training Program artists along with LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican senior students. 

Original works by Carmen Rozestraten and Julia Stiefel as well as guest artists Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance New York, Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet (Denver) and Yi-Feng of LDTX (Beijing).

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LEVYdance presents Soar Jun 2014

LEVYdance kicks off its spring home season at Z Space with the world premiere of Soar. Soar is an immersive performance that places audiences... more

Upstairs on Z Space's main stage, 450 Florida St.


This Lingering Life Jun 2014

Z Space welcomes Theatre of Yugen to our Main Stage. In This Lingering Life we meet a woman with tragic hair, feudal warriors, a... more

A World Premier. Presented by Theatre Yugen.


Chasing Mehserle May 2014

From Intersection's acclaimed resident theatre company Campo Santo and The Living Word Project (the resident theater company of Youth Speaks) comes the world... more

By Chinaka Hodge Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph


THREE May 2014

Two swiftly emerging dance companies, with wildly different aesthetics, working from opposite sides of the country, join forces to present THREE. Known for fierce... more


BART Life Apr 2014

BART Life is a series of drawings and paintings created by artists Diane Ramirez and Stephen Kral that record and detail the charming and... more

Free and Open to the Public.



Sean Dorsey Dance returns to the San Francisco stage April 24-26, 2014 with an evening of powerful dances: a WORLD PREMIERE excerpt from Dorsey&rsquo... more

SEAN DORSEY DANCE: 2014 HOME SEASON a world premiere and an audience favorite (April 24-26, 2014)

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Talking/Dancing/DanceForms Mar 2014

Holley Farmer, member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 12 years (1997-2009) and Cunningham’s last muse, presents the premiere of a rare... more

At Z Below, Free to the Public


Habit of Art Mar 2014

Z Space is thrilled to welcome back Theatre Rhinceros, San Francisco's premier live queer theatre group, with Habit of Art, the latest by... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St.


Women of Letters Mar 2014

Smash-hit Australian literary salon Women of Letters returns to the US for the second year running. Co-curated by writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire,... more


Kronos: Under 30 / #5 World Premiere Feb 2014

Kronos Quartet continues its hometown 40th anniversary celebrations with four performances at Z Space, presented by Kronos Performing Arts Association! Join Kronos for the... more


Rent Z Space
Whether you are an modern ballet with elaborately sculpted set pieces, a beautifully intricate string quartet performing with a video artist, an independent film wanting to avoid a small rundown theatre, a stand up comedian performing solo, or a company that needs that perfect creative space for your team builder, Z Space is one of the premier venues in the Bay Area for staging your performance or event. With two theatres, crystal clear sound system with multimedia capabilities, and professional staff, it's our aim to give you the tools for your endeavor to be a success.

  • Non-profit and corporate rates
  • Both weekly and daily rentals available.
  • Z Space Main stage – 229 seats
  • Lobby with full bar in upstairs theater
  • Z Below – 85 seats
  • Prime location in San Francisco’s Mission District

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External and Interior Shots (top row)—Photos by Alexandra Farias.
Z Space in action (bottom row, l to r)—Mugwumpin' (photo by Pak Han), Liss Fain Dance, Opera Parallele

Z Below
Photos by James Faerron

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