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.


    LORI LAQUA Executive Director

    Lori joined Z Space in January 2012 and has guided the organization through significant growth both physically and institutionally. In 2013, Z Space took possession of Z Below (formerly The Jewish Theater) allowing programming and the budget to grow by a factor of two. Z Space is dedicated to the development and production of new theater works in addition to the presentation of a wide array of theater, new music, opera and dance. Prior to Z Space, Lori served as the Managing Director of ODC, where she was a key leader and contributor in ODC’s transformation over 21 years. She played an active role in the strategy and building of the overall institution and served as the project manager for ODC’s new Dance Commons building, which opened in October 2005, and ODC Theater, which opened in September 2010. Laqua has a Ph.D (ABD) and a MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, an MA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a BA in History and Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Board of Directors

  • Warren Cormier

  • Lisa Steindler
    Vice President

    Lori Laqua

    Mark Friebel

    Betsy Connolly
    Eileen Fisher
    Jane Herzeca
    Michael Hoch
    Ingrid Maltrud
    Shelly Osborne


  • Joanne Winter

    Joanne Winter Artistic Director, Word For Word, Director, Youth Arts

  • Susan Harloe

    Susan Harloe Artistic Director, Word For Word

  • Peter Nachtrieb

    Peter Nachtrieb Playwright in Residence

  • Drew Yerys

    Drew Yerys Production Director

  • Carlos Lopez

    Carlos Lopez Finance Manager

  • Andrew Burmester

    Andrew Burmester Marketing Manager

  • Sunshine Lampitoc

    Sunshine Lampitoc Institutional Giving Manager

  • Leah Barish

    Leah Barish Individual Giving and Major Gifts Manager

  • Julie Schuchard

    Julie Schuchard Communications and Marketing Designer