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.


Written by Lauren Yee. Presented by Encore Theatre in association with Z Space

May 7 - May 30

"Hookman Slays It!" — Mark Rudio for A Beast in a Jungle

It’s freshman year of college and Lexi’s life is falling apart. Ever since the mysterious death of her high school best friend, Lexi has found herself stalked by a tall, dark, hook-handed stranger who has been seriously cramping her style. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi learns what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.


A Z Space Salon with Cornerstone Theater

Jun 1 6:30 PM

Engagement: A Conversation on the why and how of making community-engaged art. 
Cornerstone Theater Company in partnership with Z Space co-host a conversation about the impact and aesthetics of engagement. Part intimate conversation and part roundtable dialogue . The evening will focus on sharing stories and ideas about arts engagement and impact. 


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!’’

Rennie Harris’ Illadelph Legends Festival Showcase

Presented by the Embodiment Project in association with Z Space

Jun 26 - Jun 27

The longest continually running hip hop festival in the country, Illadelph Legends features hip hop dance pioneers and trailblazers who bridge underground traditions with concert dance, performance art and theater. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from innovators and cultural preservationists as they share the history and global impact of hip hop traditions. Z Space is honored to host the festival showcase, featuring renowned hip hop dance innovators from across the country, including: d. Sabela Grimes (Los Angeles), Raphael Xavier (Philadelphia), Dance Fusion NYC featuring Caleaf Sellers and Tony McGregor (New York), Junious Brickhouse (Washington DC), Soulshifters (Bay Area), Embodiment Project (Bay Area) with additional performances by acclaimed Oakland based band Zakiya Harris & Elephantine and legendary Bay Area poppers Pop Tart and Prince Ali.

Moments From The Bubble, Or: How The [Google] Bus Stops Here.

Presented by the One Minute Play Festival and Z Space

Jun 27 - Jun 28

A playwright-driven community action project in response to the rapid gentrification of San Francisco, featuring over 18 of the Bay Area's best and brightest playwrights (click 'more info' for full list).

Now for Now

presented by megan mark & Z Space

Jul 9 - Jul 26

NOW FOR NOW is a multimedia physical theater piece created and performed by Bay Area theater makers Mark Jackson and Megan Trout.

Three relationships between a woman and man a generation apart—a daughter and father, a student and teacher, a romance—are followed over 40 years. Their stories converge and diverge in dialogues, movement, IMs and Skypes.

NOW FOR NOW explores uncomfortable, ugly, embarrassing issues about age and gender dynamics with both depth and humor. It brings together elements of theater, dance, and technology in a unique, ambitious way for a modest-budget production with high standards and aims.

JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology by Theater Mitu

Presented by Z Space

Jul 23 - Jul 26

Once bearing the subtitle “Murder Capital of the World”, the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez is a bustling laboratory of the future; a glimpse into the perfect-storm of economy driven politics, US drug consumption, government corruption, religious fervor and familial honor all within the landscape of border politics. Drawn by the contradictions, history and myth within and around this unique landscape, Theater Mitu conducted a series of interviews and investigations over a two-year period to explore the ever complicated landscape of the US/Mexico border.


presented by Z Space, Encore Theatre Company, and piece by piece productions

Coming Late August 2015

Weightless builds on The Kilbanes’ distinct style: a genre-bending theatrical event that combines intimate storytelling with a high-energy rock show. Weightless is an adaptation of the story of Procne and Philomela found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: two sisters bound by deep love are separated by a vengeful god and must travel across worlds to find their way back together.  In Weightless, the cast and the band are one and the same, blurring the line between actors and musicians, between straight musical theater and concert.

Poetics of Space

Presented by Z Space and Joe Goode Performance Group

Sep 24 - Oct 11

Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space reprise their winning collaboration that brought you When We Fall Apart (2012), HUSH (2013), and the remounting of Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures (2014).

Poetics of Space is JGPG's latest venture into creating dance theater that offers limitless potential for providing each audience member with a unique, personal "human scale" experience. Poetics of Space—derived from the book “The Poetics of Space” by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard—will explore a series of intimate spaces within the installation, and allow the viewer a cinematic “close-up” experience of each space. Imagine moving through a performance where you can create your own adventure; where your decision of where to turn, to step, to look, and to listen will determine how the performance unfolds around you.

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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Heart of Darkness May 2015

Based on Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, Heart of Darkness is a powerful opera that portrays the greedy world of ivory smugglers in... more

Composer: Tarik O’Regan Librettist: Tom Phillips


Middlemarch in Spring Mar 2015

An idealistic woman tries to improve the world and blunders at love in this romantic, deliciously satirical new opera based on George Eliot&rsquo... more

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

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Hidden Fields Mar 2015

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... more

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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

Running time approx. 1 hour.



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.