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 Lighthouse

Peter Maxwell Davies' Operatic Thriller, presented by Opera Parallèle

Apr 29 - May 1

Opera Parallèle presents a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ masterful opera The Lighthouse, based on the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers off the Scottish coast in 1900. Opera Parallèle’s new production uses fabric artistry and physical artists to create dynamic scenic elements like water, fog, and a sea monster in a way that pushes the boundaries of conventional opera. Renowned singers Thomas Glenn, Robert Orth, and David Cushing perform the 6 roles of future and past lighthouse keepers. Called “a powerful theater piece,” with music that “creates a spooky atmosphere perfectly appropriate to this creepy tale,” The Lighthouse brings together a dramatic tale, haunting music, and new artistic communities in this production at Z Space.

The Missing Generation

presented by Sean Dorsey Dance

May 5 - May 7

The Missing Generation is a dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors—those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. Featuring full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater—the work is performed by Dorsey’s stellar, multi-generational ensemble of dancers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones and Nol Simonse. Sean Dorsey is an award-winning transgender and queer choreographer who has toured his work to 25 cities across the US.

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.

The Least of Them

presented by the David Herrera Performance Company

May 12 - May 14

In the company’s 9th home season, The Least of Them, David Herrera Performance Company seeks out to examine perceived notions of identity that people have toward skin tone while challenging its audience to reflect and confront their own biases. What drives communities to set up political, racial, and literal division lines between shades of brown, white, and black? Is any one skin color really the least of them? At a moment when the nation is facing so many cases of skin color conflicts and race relation turmoil DHPCo. feels that The Least of Them is both timely and necessary.

21 Fully Realized Incomplete Thoughts

by Robert Moses' Kin

May 19 - May 22

"Marking Robert Moses’ Kin’s twenty-first home season, 21 Fully Realized Incomplete Thoughts celebrates the evolution of ideas in an evening of new choreography by Artistic Director Robert Moses. "Over the years, I have touched on some things that I've always intended to get back to, and additionally there are a lot of things I'd like to get to," says Moses. "A collection of those will be shared as part of this program.” Transforming Z Space into a traverse theater configuration (with the audience positioned on two sides of the stage), the work will be staged in a series of dramatic episodes."

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Spring Showcase 2016

May 27 - May 29

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.

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.

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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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