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.


A Reading of a New Musical

Oct 7

When modern-day physicist Sophie discovers the secret to time travel and the credit goes to her male coworkers, she travels back to meet her idol: Isaac Newton in the year 1666, on the brink of discovering his Theory of Gravity. But a chance meeting in an orchard accidentally prevents young Isaac from having his famous falling-apple epiphany, setting history dangerously off course…

Arctic Requiem: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina

Presented by The Bootstrap Theater Foundation

Oct 23 - Nov 15

This powerful and true story about the first climate change refugees in the United States and San Francisco lawyer Luke Cole’s response to their predicament reveals transformation in its many guises. Kivalina, Alaska is an Inupiat Eskimo village still practicing the traditions of whaling and subsistence living. Today, Kivalina’s habitat is transformed by pollution and climate change. Ignored by their own tribal corporation and betrayed by the EPA, the villagers turn to environmental justice lawyer Luke Cole. Deep and unlikely friendships evolve between Luke and the Inupiats as they stand together against greed, corruption, prejudice and pollution in an arctic environment whose transformation may be irreversible.


Oct 9 - Oct 17

Z Space is thrilled to once again be one of the major hosts of Litquake, the nations premier literary festival.

Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, the 16th year of Litquake has expanded to an eight-day  literary extravaganza, showcasing over 800 authors from all over the Bay Area, the U.S., and the world. They also have year-round programming and writing classes, a podcast heard in 100 countries, and special localized editions of the Lit Crawl now held each year in Austin, Seattle, New York City, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Portland, London, and Helsinki.

This year we are hosting a variety of events at both of our venues, click 'more info' below for a full list of events.

The Anata Project 5th Home Season

Oct 23 - Oct 24

Claudia Anata Hubiak, Artistic Director and founder of The Anata Project presents world premiere HomeBody and dance film By My Side in the company’s 5th Home Season at Z Space October 23rd and 24th at 8PM.

HomeBody is in an evening length work that explores the nuances of comfort and support of being “at home” within the physical self. Arising from Artistic Director Claudia Hubiak’s recent experience of becoming a mother, HomeBody examines the spiritual and biological body and its ability to house a human being. Set to an original score by Kyle Olson, this world premiere breathes inside Nicole VanMalder’s luminous “bone installation” set design creating a glowing environment where the five dancers of The Anata Project reside.

By My Side (film) peeks into the window of a couple’s living room as they await a baby boy. Claudia Anata Hubiak addresses pregnancy in the intimate, arduous and tender stages of growth in this new dance film about starting a family.

Matt Nathanson and Kelly Corrigan

Story, Song, Conversation

Nov 3 6:00 PM

Join us for a singular evening of song, story and conversation with two people who have a lot on their minds. Matt Nathanson, a local singer-songwriter whose work includes the platinum-selling song "Come On Get Higher,” is smart and funny and honest as they come. Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling writer and author of "The Middle Place” and "Glitter and Glue" is full of big questions and a fervent need to connect the dots for all of us. So what will they do? Come find out. Libations and nibbles are compliments of our friends at Beautycounter, a new cosmetics company that is hell-bent to get the toxins out of the things we put on our faces while still making us gorgeous. They'll also bring gift bags for all of us and you'll have a chance to meet their founder, a very good woman named Gregg Renfrew.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Fall Showcase 2015

Nov 19 - Nov 21

Join the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in a celebratory weekend of performances at the culmination of their current term.

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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


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 (Photos by Frederic Boulay)

Z Below
Photos by James Faerron

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