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.


An Art Show / Zine Release Party

Apr 17 8:00 PM

BART Life is a series of drawings and paintings created by artists Diane Ramirez and Stephen Kral that record and detail the charming and not so charming incidents, encounters and improbabilities found daily while commuting on BART and MUNI. The BART Life opening reception also doubles as the release party for volume one of Tales From the Tenderloin, a collaborative zine that documents the freaky, fun and grimy stories of life in the Tenderloin as told and drawn by those who have walked its streets, breathed its air, and came out the other side with a tale to tell. It is edited by Diane Ramirez, Ashley Martinez and Stephen Kral.


Apr 24 - Apr 26

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’s new show ‘The Missing Generation’ and an exclusive return engagement of the exquisite Lou from ‘Uncovered: The Diary Project.’ Advance tickets are highly recommended for this three-nights-only event. Performed by Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Clint Calimlim, Brian Fisher and Nol Simonse.


presented by Summation Dance & The Thick Rich Ones

May 9 - May 10

Two swiftly emerging dance companies, with wildly different aesthetics, working from opposite sides of the country, join forces to present THREE. Known for fierce dancing and polished dance making, New York City’s Summation Dance is an all-women troupe that uses exciting patterning and form combined with explosive dancing to create new worlds for the audience. Artistic Director Sumi Clements is honored to be producing work in her native San Francisco for the first time since embarking on her New York City adventure eight years ago. The Thick Rich Ones, based in Oakland, California is a performance collective of dancers and actors, that invites spectators on fantastical journeys into the surreal through elaborate and conceptual dance theater works. Exhibiting the breadth of dance and performance work between coasts, these artists aim to unite audiences while reveling in each other’s creative outpouring during this shared performance event.

Chasing Mehserle

Presented by Campo Santo and The Living Word Project

May 29 - May 31

From Intersection's acclaimed resident theatre company Campo Santo and The Living Word Project (the resident theater company of Youth Speaks) comes the world premiere of Chinaka Hodge’s Chasing Mehserle.

Chasing Mehserle begins where Chinaka Hodge's first critically acclaimed play, Mirrors in Every Corner left off. All of the characters of a Black/multi-racial family in Oakland return in the second installment to consider the infamous murder of East Oakland resident Oscar Grant. As a way of investigating communal response to the death of Oscar Grant, the playwright examines race, glass, gender, and privilege through the lens of main character, Watts.

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Eddie Izzard - Work in Progress Jan 2013

“World-renowned comedian Eddie Izzard works out the kinks from his new international show 'Force Majeure' on the stage of the intimate Z Space.... more


The Paul Dresher Ensemble in “1-2, 1-2” Dec 2012

The Paul Dresher Ensemble's Electro-Acoustic Band performs contemporary chamber music that crosses traditional aesthetic boundaries and styles, integrating traditional instruments of... more

Pieces Featured: Jack Perla - "Pretty Boy" Fred Frith - "Rocket Science" Ryan Brown - "Gangbusters" Bruce Pennycook - "For Joe Z"  Paul Dresher - "Chorale Times Two"


Del Sol Days Dec 2012

Del Sol Days celebrates the Del Sol String Quartet’s 20th Anniversary with a week-long, collaborative series of performances and related events. Highlighting... more

The Del Sol String Quartet is: Kate Stenberg - Violin Rick Shinozaki - Violin Charlton Lee - Viola Kathryn Bates Williams - Cello

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ReOrient Festival 2012 Nov 2012

Building on the success of Golden Thread's tenth anniversary festival in 2009, ReOrient 2012 will turn San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and... more

Z Space is proud to host the 'Series B' portion of the Festival on November 16 & 17, and the Forum on November 17 & 18.  

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Nor Cal Prog Festival Nov 2012

The first annual Northern California Progresive Rock Festival, Featuring Quasar, Heliopolis and Fractal, additional special guests.  Come on down to Z Space and... more


Simon Amstell in Numb Nov 2012

Following his successful 5 week run in New York this summer, award-winning British comedian, Simon Amstell, brings his critically acclaimed new show, Numb, to San... more

"The British comic Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until is seems utterly ridiculous." - The New York Times

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Bad Unkl Sista Dec 2012

Z Space welcomes one of our favorite dance/music/theatre/everything ensembles, Bad Unlk Sista, for the CD release of "First Breath - Last... more

Schedule: 7p - Doors open 8p - Documentary screening 8:30p - Live performance


Stage Left: A Story of Theatre in San Francisco Oct 2012

Stage Left is a documentary film in celebration of a unique theater community. Inspired by a Western history of risk taking and exploration, a... more


The set and immersive sound environment surround the six dancers, the actor and the audience. A work of emotionally resonant, full-bodied movement and striking images.

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Tinypistol Aug 2012

This special one night show commemorates the 21st season of WestWave Dance presenting 523 choreographers, 393 world premieres and 2,092 performances.


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Rent Z Space or Z Below for your Play, Musical, Film Screening or Dance Presentation
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 or a stand up comedian performing solo, Z Space is one of the premier venues in the nation for staging your performance. With our majestic 40-foot high ceilings, crystal clear sound system with multimedia capabilities, and professional staff, it's our aim to give you the tools for your artistic endeavor to be a success. Artists and organizations interested in having Z Space host their performances should see the Rental Policies and Rental Application sections below.

Rent Z Space or Z Below for your or you Holiday Party, Fundraising Gala, Movie Screening or Corporate Offsite
Z Space  is the perfect unique venue to give your event the artistic edge it deserves. Now booking for the 2013 holiday season!

Please direct rental inquiries to Drew Yerys, at

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Z Space is committed to being a catalyst for outstanding new works, a passion that influences our policies for rentals and bookings. As opposed to rental processes that are ‘first come, first served,’ Z Space accepts proposals for use of our 229 seat theater in a competitive Curated Rental Program. Preference is given to proposals that match Z Space’s mission, and that fit some or all of the following:

1. The interested party is a non-profit arts organization or individual artist.
2. The rental is for a world premiere or regional premiere performance.
3. The rental helps build a season that represents a diversity of form and style in a contemporary aesthetic.
4. The renting artist and/or organization demonstrates capacity to utilize the potential of our venue and the resources at Z Space.

Because of demand, Z Space books 12-16 months in advance.  Please pay close attention to your date preferences in your proposal.

Z Space books rentals in full week blocks (Monday – Sunday) for exclusive engagements only, no exceptions.

It is up to the renter to determine how many performances to undertake in a week, and how to schedule time in preparation for performances.  Requests for multiple week bookings will be considered. In addition to the exclusive use of the theater space and equipment for the week, Z Space provides house management and on-site box office staff, internet-based marketing support, inclusion in the season press release, pre-production technical and staffing support, one technician during production, and audience survey / box office analysis post show.

Rental rates discussed during the application process.

When submitting your proposal, please include the following:

- contact information: company name, contact name, phone number, email address
- a brief one-page or less project description
- which dates you are interested in booking (see note above about 12-16 month advance notice).
- a 3-5 minute DVD or online link to past work or work in progress
- a review of past work or letter of support
- total projected project expense budget.  Example projected total: $40,000.  We do not need detail.

All proposals must be e-mailed or mailed to Production Director Drew Yerys at or:

Z Space
attn: Drew Yerys
499 Alabama St #450
San Francisco, CA 94110

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