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.

Home Steet Home

A new rock musical by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, and Goddess Soma

Feb 20 - Mar 7

Home Street Home is an original rock musical about survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture, the story revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets. After being adopted into a colorful tribe of homeless teens, Sue finds empowerment, self-realization and acceptance from her new chosen family.

The Conference of the Birds

Presented by Copious Dance Theater

Mar 27 - Mar 29

Copious Dance Theater presents The Conference of the Birds, a new piece from Artistic Director Kat (Worthington) Roman. Inspired by the ancient Persian poem with the same title by Farid ud-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds chronicles the journey of birds as they search for a leader. As the quest to find their leader ensues, Roman successfully moves her dancers to examine temptation, yearning, and self-discovery. Copious Dance Theater breathes vision and life into this ancient prose with a narrative that is accessible to any audience.

The evening will also include audience favorite, Taka, an energetic piece from Roman's Horton Technique students entitled Bleuphoria, and Glass Slippers, a new piece by guest choreographer Erik Wagner.

A Space Divided

Presented by Liss Fain Dance

Apr 9 - Apr 12

Liss Fain Dance returns to Z Space. A Space Divided presents three world premieres by Liss Fain, Amy Seiwert and Christian Burns. Each choreographer has created work for an installation designed by Matthew Antaky, and the three pieces are brought together in a unique, evening-length performance event. The audience enters this world alongside the performers for an intimate and unusual experience of a highly physical and visually stunning production.


Early June 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 impressions and film. The nimble writing ranges from the hilarious to the poignant. Ananda Bena-Weber embodies a diverse assortment of comic and sympathetic characters, touching your heart while simultaneously revealing the humorous side of 21st century life in New York City. In this fast-paced time of ever evolving technology, how do human-beings preserve those sweet and sentimental things that give life its magic – love, poetry, humor, and the beauty and grace of the natural world? Fancifool opens this conversation in a way that leaves the audience feeling uplifted, energized, and filled with hope for the future.

ReOrient Theatre Festival

Presented by Golden Thread Productions

September 10 through October 4

Z Space is pleased to welcome back Golden Thread Productions for their annual ReOrient Festival. Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For the past ten years, the festival has annually turned San Francisco into a destination for artists who challenge the dominant depictions of the Middle East and audiences who seek unconventional and provocative programming.

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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


All The Practice Nov 2014

For the week of November 10th-16th, we are programming ALL THE PRACTICE, an entire week of action at Z Space in San Francisco,... more


Imaginary Radio Program (Drennon Davis & DJ Real) meets Nato Green Nov 2014

An amazing night of comedy is coming to Z Space, including DRENNON DAVIS, DJ REAL, NATO GREEN and Jane Harrison. Not to be missed!<... more


Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Nov 2014

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... more


Post:Ballet presents “Hi-5” Nov 2014

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... more

Photo by Tricia Cronin


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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Z Space Main Stage Photos
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

Z Space Technical Inventory
Z Space Floor Plot