LISA STEINDLER Artistic Director

    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 Chafee, Adam Rapp, Leigh Fondakowski, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Steve Yockey. Lisa has produced over 25 world premiere productions in the past 15 years. She is an Equity actress and has performed in many plays over the years, including Adam Bock’s award winning Five Flights, and American Conservatory Theatre’s production of Angels in America. She has also directed many productions, including the world premiere of Claire Chafee’s Darwin’s Finches. From 1996-2004 Lisa also ran the Zoetrope Live Series at Francis Ford Coppola’s studios in North Beach. 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. Lori most recently served as the Managing Director of ODC, a contemporary arts institution based in the Mission District of San Francisco, and was a key leader and contributor in ODC’s transformation over the past 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 received 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

    Ira Hall

    Betsy Connolly
    Eileen Fisher
    Mark Friebel
    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

  • Jimmy Walden

    Jimmy Walden Production Manager

  • Carlos Lopez

    Carlos Lopez Business Manager

  • Andrew Burmester

    Andrew Burmester Marketing Manager

  • Sunshine Lampitoc

    Sunshine Lampitoc Development Manager

  • Jack Morse

    Jack Morse Operations Manager

  • Jill MacLean

    Jill MacLean Youth Arts Program Coordinator