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.

The Empty Nesters

Written by Garret Jon Groenveld Directed by Richard Seyd

May 6 - Jun 11

Helicopter parents face the question of what they want to be when their kids grow up, in a new comedy-drama by award-winning playwright Garret Jon Groenveld. This warm and witty look at an uber-couple who drop their youngest child off at college and then take what may be a life-changing trip to the Sky Walk at the Grand Canyon, is helmed by veteran Bay Area director Richard Seyd, and stars real-life empty nesters John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Spring Showcase 2016

May 27 7:00 PM - May 27 9:00 PM May 28 7:00 PM - May 28 7:00 PM May 29 2:00 PM - May 29 4:00 PM

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program returns to Z Space for their Spring Showcase 2016.

Join us for a celebratory performance at the culmination the 2015-2016 year with original works by faculty members LeeWei Chao, Gregory Dawson, Arturo Fernandez, David Harvey, and Maurya Kerr as well as guest artist Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance New York and Shannon Gillen of Vim Vigor. The Friday, May 27th show is a retrospective and preview...a shared evening of memorable works from throughout the year, by guest and student choreographers, and the premiere of new alumni creations.

FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theater

presented by foolsFURY

Jun 14 - Jun 26

at Z Below, NOHspace, and Joe Goode Annex

Once every two years, foolsFURY stages an electrifying gathering of collaborative theater makers from around the country. Events include performances of stellar new works,the Raw Materials works-in-progress series, workshops, multidisciplinary convenings and conversations, and countless opportunities to rub elbows and cross pollinate with artists and audiences members alike. Participating companies include local favorites like Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, Independent Eye, Bandelion as well as visiting companies such as Poor Dog Group, Hand2Mouth, UMO Ensemble and many more.

Click here for a full festival description and schedule.

15th Anniversary Fresh Meat Festival

of transgender & queer performance

Jun 16 - Jun 18

Transgender opera stars, North America’s same-sex ballroom champions, a gender-bending boy band, trans modern dance, gay hula, queer bachata dance and more hit the stage at the 15th Anniversary FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance. The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the only event of its kind in the US, and is celebrated for its world-class artistry and sold-out crowds. Presented by Fresh Meat Productions – artist bios & more info at

They Will Have Been So Beautiful

Presented by The Paul Dresher Ensemble

Jun 24 - Jun 25

The Electro-Acoustic Band presents the San Francisco premiere of "They Will Have Been So Beautiful," a song cycle featuring commissioned works by Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, and Pamela Z, plus a piece each by Paul Dresher and Amy X Neuburg. The composers were invited to create songs inspired by Diane Arbus's Guggenheim grant application, American Rites, Manners and Customs. Arbus proposed to photograph everyday people, places, and routines, which to generations of the future "will have been so beautiful." Each composer found or created a photograph or series of images, ranging from intimate self portraits to stark landscapes, that spoke to him or her in this regard, and used the images as inspiration for the music.

The Box

A Play About Solitary Confinement

Jul 6 - Jul 30

The Box is Shourd’s new play ignited by the experience of spending 410 days in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison after being falsely accused of spying. Based on a deeply researched journalistic investigation, it is a piece of transformational theater that asks us to re-examine long-held notions of punishment as it reveals the tragic—and sometimes painfully comic and absurd—realities that dictate life “inside the box.” With a plot that illuminates the innate resilience of the human spirit, The Box tracks its characters as they make their journeys against all odds: from racist to revolutionary, from tough-guy to suicide victim, from guru/teacher to frightened, lost soul, and from father to friend.

By turns entertaining and unsettling, The Box is a rare glimpse into the deep end of our prison system, the intimate bonds forged between modern-day heroes the ripple effects of systematic torture, and what it means to be human.

Low Hanging Fruit

Presented by 3Girls Theatre

Jul 6 - Jul 30

Four homeless women struggle to survive on the mean streets of Skid Row, Los Angeles. All military veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan, they’re dealing with issues brought on by their combat experiences, and cluster together for quasi-safety in a small tent encampment they’ve nicknamed The Taj Mahal. When one of the women befriends a young runaway and invites her back to the camp, things change for everyone.

Do Be

presented by The Living Earth Show and Post:Ballet

Aug 4 - Aug 6

Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show have created a new reality in Do Be—a universe that couples absurdity and silliness with gloom and chaos to put a magnifying glass to the things we take for granted in our own lives. Featuring Post’s dynamic ensemble of modern ballet dancers, led by artistic director and choreographer Robert Dekkers, Do Be is performed live by The Living Earth Show (electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson) and features music written specifically for this production by some of today's most innovative and acclaimed composers: Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Nicole Lizée, Anna Meredith, and Jonathan Pfeffer.

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Fancifool Jun 2015

FANCIFOOL is a brilliantly constructed and entertaining piece of  21st century multi-media theater, complete with dramatic and comic dialogue, singing, dancing, mime, vocal... more

“It’s funny with a heart and some deep thoughts” —SF Gate interview with Chad Jones


A Space Divided Apr 2015

Liss Fain Dance returns to Z Space. A Space Divided presents three world premieres by Liss Fain, Amy Seiwert and Christian Burns. Each choreographer... more

Choreography: Liss Fain, Amy Seiwert, Christian Burns Installation Design: Matthew Antaky Music Director: Dan Wool


The Conference of the Birds Mar 2015

Copious Dance Theater presents The Conference of the Birds, a new piece from Artistic Director Kat (Worthington) Roman. Inspired by the ancient Persian poem... more

Photo by Hemali Zaveri Dancer: Kat Roman

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Home Steet Home Feb 2015

Home Street Home is an original rock musical about survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of... more

Music by Fat Mike Lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx & Goddess Soma Book by Goddess Soma & Fat Mike. Directed by Richard Israel


La Tragédie de Carmen Feb 2015

Love, passion, betrayal and death: a raw and gut-wrenching adaptation of Bizet's classic masterpiece, created by Peter Brook, Marius Constant and Jean-Claude Carri... more


Opening the Box Feb 2015

Journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd survived 410 days of solitary confinement while imprisoned as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009 to 2010. Since her... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St


The Living Word Project/Dahlak Brathwaite’s World Premiere of Spiritrials Jan 2015

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak’s most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic... more


The Twentieth Wife Jan 2015

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, kathak artist, in collaboration with acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan, present The Twentieth Wife, a tale of one of India's most... more


The Cable Car Nymphomaniac Jan 2015

The Cable Car Nymphomaniac is a racy and uproarious new musical by composer/lyricist Tony Asaro, and book writer Kirsten Guenther, directed and choreographed... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St


Singer-Songwriter Rachel Garlin with band Dec 2014

From the Berkeley Hills to the Isles of Scotland, from Keith Haring’s graffiti to the studio of an elusive artist, from the... more


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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.

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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 (Photos by Frederic Boulay)

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Photos by James Faerron

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