LISA STEINDLER Artistic Director
Since joining Z Space in 2007 as Director of New Plays, Lisa has guided unheralded growth for the organization. Lisa assumed the title of Executive Artistic Director in 2008 when Z Space founder David Dower moved to the Arena Stage. In 2009, she engineered a long-term lease on Z Space’s first venue, the former Theater Artaud. Since moving into our facility, Lisa has created a robust program of produced, co-produced and presented works by local and national artists as well as guiding the curated rental program for local clientele. In 2012, Lisa reorganized the administration of Z Space, hired an executive director and took on the singular focus of artistic direction with gusto. Lisa has been an active participant in the theater community sitting on panels for the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, Opera America, among others, and is an active participant in the Trust for Mutual Understanding’s theater exchange program. Prior to working with Z Space, Lisa served as the Artistic Director of Encore Theatre Company for 18 years where she has shepherded such established playwrights as Adam Bock, Claire Chaffee, Adam Rapp, Leigh Fondakowski, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Steve Yockey. Lisa has produced over 40 world premiere productions.She also created A.C.T.’s ArtReach program, which she ran for 17 years, bringing theatre into the Bay Area public schools.