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.

ReOrient 2015 - Series A

Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East, presented by Golden Thread

Sep 10 - Oct 3

Z Space is proud to welcome back Golden Thread for the ReOrient 2015 festival. ReOrient 2015 will turn San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East. With short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England, and the U.S., the latest ReOrient promises to be a one-of-a-kind exploration of this unique region and its theater, stories, and artists.

Series A performances feature Picking Up the Scent by Yussef El Guindi, Turning Tricks by Silva Semerciyan, Bitterenders by Hannah Khalil, and Counting in Sha'ab by Emma Goldman-Sherman.

ReOrient 2015 - Series B

Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East, presented by Golden Thread

Sep 11 - Oct 4

Z Space is proud to welcome back Golden Thread for the ReOrient 2015 festival. ReOrient 2015 will turn San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East. With short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England, and the U.S., the latest ReOrient promises to be a one-of-a-kind exploration of this unique region and its theater, stories, and artists.

Series B performances feature Lost Kingdom by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ceasefire by Ken Kaissar, Songs of our Childhood by Nahal Navidar, and The House by Tala Manassah and Mona Mansour.

ReOrient 2015 - Forum

Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East, presented by Golden Thread

Oct 3 - Oct 4

Z Space is proud to welcome back Golden Thread for the ReOrient 2015 festival. ReOrient 2015 will turn San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East.

ReOrient 2015 culminates in a two-day Forum featuring provocative conversations by artists, scholars, and activists from around the world.

ReOrient 2015 - Arab Folk Song Recital by Saousan Jarjour

Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East, presented by Golden Thread

Oct 3 2:00 PM

For music lovers—Acclaimed Syrian-American soprano presents a repertoire of Arab folk songs, reimagined. Featuring Saousan Jarjour (vocals), Mark Herrera (Jazz piano), Eric Salinas (guitar), and Matt Richards (tabla

ReOrient 2015 - Fairytale Players Double-Bill

Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East, presented by Golden Thread

Oct 4 2:00 PM

Z Space is proud to welcome back Golden Thread for the ReOrient 2015 festival. ReOrient 2015 will turn San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East.

For families, as part of the festival, we have: Princess Tamar Rescues Nazar the Brave and 21 Days That Change the Year: Two beloved family-friendly productions, inspired by Iranian and Armenian folktales will be presented in one afternoon. Featuring Sarah Al-Kassab, Majd Murad, Mohammad Talani, and Jeremy Vik.

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

Please direct rental inquiries for Z Space’s main stage to ZSpaceBooking@zspace.org, and inquires for Z Below to ZBelowBooking@zspace.org.

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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)

Z Below
Photos by James Faerron

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