New Work

Z Space always has several new works in various stages of development. Our behind-the-scenes work with every project is unique and continues over the course of several years, ensuring that the stage is set for a successful world premiere.  We facilitate the artists’ exploration of their own creative paths and encourage their investigation of expanded possibilities for their visions. Our hope is that no matter what the end product is we have learned something new in the process and the result will inevitably be a more richly textured and exhilarating piece of theater.

Hidden Fields

A unique collision of cutting-edge physics, interactive visual art, electronic music and contemporary dance.

Mar 12 - Mar 14

Fusing physics, 3d capture, and real-time computing, Hidden Fields is a performance which interprets humans as fields whose movement creates ripples and waves in an invisible sea of energy. It’s an invitation to re-imagine our everyday selves, embedded in an energy matrix and atomic world beyond sense perception.

Hidden Fields is a 50-minute performance which will be introduced by Royal Society research fellow and Stanford academic, Dr. David Glowacki. Immediately afterward, the performance space will transform into an installation space. The audience will be welcomed onstage to play with their own energy avatar and interact with the Hidden Fields artists.

Middlemarch in Spring

A world premiere chamber opera presented by Composers, Inc.

Mar 19 - Mar 22

An idealistic woman tries to improve the world and blunders at love in this romantic, deliciously satirical new opera based on George Eliot’s great novel Middlemarch. Will Dorothea have a second chance at happiness? You will laugh and cry and cheer—and be transported by a sweeping story, great singing, ravishing music and provocative staging. Don’t miss it!  Middlemarch in Spring, a chamber opera by Allen Shearer on a libretto by Claudia Stevens.

Composers, Inc., presenting new music by living American composers for over 30 years!

Heart of Darkness

Presented by Opera Parallèle in association with Z Space

May 1 - May 3

Based on Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, Heart of Darkness is a powerful opera that portrays the greedy world of ivory smugglers in Central Africa as narrated by the central character, Marlow. The plot unfolds through a series of short, fast-paced scenes that gradually increase in tension, as Marlow’s tale approaches its climax.

Tarik O’Regan’s score is concise and colorful, and is imbued with a magical and haunting beauty. Joined with Tom Phillips’ inspired libretto, this work truly delivers the power of Conrad’s psychodrama, conveying deep emotion and touching audiences. Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel’s design, in high-impact Opera Parallèle style, is full of production innovations that bring this opera to stirring life.


A “quasi ‘horror’/comedy” by Lauren Yee. Presented by Encore Theatre in association with Z Space

May 6 - May 30

Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up—and it’s not pretty.

Hookman is a meditation on what it means to be young and female in a world that seems—at times—hostile, lonely, and dangerous.

California: The Tempest

Presented by Cornerstone Theater Company

Jun 4 - Jun 6

Cornerstone Theater Company arrives at Z Space for a stop on their epic, year-long, ten-city, decade-in-the making, once-in-a-lifetime, world premiere theatrical road-trip across the greatest state in the nation! In California: The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue,” as playwright Alison Carey’s adaptation of The Tempest meets the challenges of the Golden State head-on in this traveling experience that conjures love, disaster, revenge, forgiveness & music (all that you would expect from Shakespeare!); mixed with earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, food equity, state politics, fracking and immigration policy (all that you would expect from California!) as Prosper, Minerva, Caliban and Californians from across the state yearn to find the commonality in our diversity and imagine a healthy and inclusive future for California!’’

The Z Space Technical Development Residency Program gives artists uninterrupted time and a professional space to explore ideas, create, and rehearse in order that their work might achieve its greatest potential. The technical residecy includes access to a fully equipped 42' by 64' stage with quality lighting, sound and projection equipment, technical staff, design resources, artistic support, project management and consultation as needed with Z Space senior staff on resource development and fundraising. Although a Z Space technical residency may or may not include a performance of a work-in-progress to the public, they are integral to Z Space’s mission of supporting new work. Our hope is that no matter what the end product is we have learned something new in the process and the result will inevitably be a more richly textured and exhilarating piece of theater.  

Past Recipients of Z Space technical residencies include Marc Bamuthi Joseph (for Red, Black & GREEN: A Blues), LEVYdance (ROMP), Stacey Printz, Bad Unkl Sista, Joe Goode Performance Group, Sara Shelton Mann, and Sarah Wilson & Catch Me Bird (for Off the Walls).

If you have question about The Z Space Technical Development Residency Program, please contact Production Director Drew Yerys at

Finding partners and collaborators in all sectors will enhance and strengthen our commitment to our community, which is crucial to the success of creating great art.

We are proud to partner with other organizations in the Bay Area and around the globe. These partnerships take on all shapes and sizes, from artistic development and co-production to community engagement and technical or financial support.

Our doors are open to those eager to be challenged and experience art at its highest artistic level and are driven by the exploration of new forms.

Recognizing the invaluable fruits of an informal relationship with a broad array of artists, Z Space Artistic Associates provide an invisible arena where the seeds of transformative new works may germinate far from the pressure to produce.

As Artistic Associates, these people contribute to the development of new work at
 Z Space.  They are the foundation of the creative work that is happening behind our doors.

Z Space's Artistic Associates:

  • Adam Bock
  • Mark Jackson
  • Beth Wilmurt
  • Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
  • Abigail Nesson Bengson
  • Shaun Bengson
  • Nina Ball
  • Gabe Maxson
  • Michelle Maxson
  • Shelley Carter
  • James Faerron
  • Marcus Shelby
  • Margo Hall
  • Steve Yockey
  • Drew Yerys
  • Cristobal McKinney
  • Frances Lee McCain
  • Anne Galjour
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The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals Feb 2015

Z Space and piece by piece productions welcome the Wooster Group to San Francisco. The Wooster Group channels songs from the 1976 LP Early Shaker... more

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Channeling the subversive spirit of The Colbert Report, The Totalitarians is a viciously funny vivisection of the farcical frenzy that is American politics. When... more

At Z Below, our downstairs theater at 470 Florida St.

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Killing My Lobster: Holidaze Dec 2014

The Lobsters once again team up with the Bay Area’s best new works company, Z Space, for the third iteration of this... more

Directed by Dan Wolf Hosted by Nato Green with the musical stylings of Soul-a-ti aka Tommy Shepherd


Ego Oct 2014

What do people really think of you?

A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his obituaries.... more

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Insufficiency Oct 2014

Jerzy Krzyz is a Polish chemist with an unusual specialism: Bubbleology. (Yes it’s a serious scientific subject!) Newly arrived at an American... more

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Arguendo Oct 2014

Elevator Repair Service—the innovative company that created Gatz—comes to Z Space with their newest show, Arguendo. The piece tackles Barnes... more

Upstairs on Z Space's Main Stage at 450 Florida St.

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Killing My Lobster Goes Radioactive Aug 2014

San Francisco’s favorite sketch comedy troupe returns to Z Below this August! Entice your auditory senses with a brand new live radio... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St.


Standing By: Gatz Backstage Oct 2014

Standing By: Gatz Backstage is an atmospheric portrait of backstage life during Gatz, a ground breaking performance work created by New York City&rsquo... more


Wonderboy & 29 Effeminate Gestures Sep 2014

Over the past couple of years, Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space have forged quite a partnership, co-producing When We Fall Apart (2012) and... more

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City Council Meeting Aug 2014

San Francisco becomes the latest setting for a night of live performance designed to find the poetry in bureaucracy, the architecture of power and... more

On Z Space's Main Stage at 450 Florida St.

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