For General Operating Support
Type of SupportGeneral Support/Organization
Z Space is a San Francisco hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of new work, and is renowned for its artistic innovation and risk-taking. The theater commissions, develops, presents, and produces a full season of new works from a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music, performance art, and new media. Recently expanded to include Z Below, an additional small theater space onsite, Z Space plans to produce and present up to sixteen new works in its two theaters, reaching more than 20,000 audience members. Z Space is also home to several presenters, including Word for Word, Litquake, and Golden Thread Productions (a Hewlett Foundation grantee). With continued support, Z Space, supported by the creation of a New Work initiative, intends to ride the tide of its recent growth, looking at venue usage, technical preparedness, and artistic planning processes, while building the capacities of a newly invigorated and engaged board.
About the Grantee
499 Alabama Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA, 94110-2064, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Z Space is dedicated to creating, developing, and presenting new performances, often in collaboration with artists, ensembles, and organizations. Z Space presents and coproduces works of theater, dance, and storytelling. It also promotes youth self-expression and literacy through arts education programs that bring works of fiction to the stage verbatim. In a typical year, Z Space provides dozens of diverse ensembles and organizations with subsidized access to its two San Francisco theater spaces and serves more than 20,000 people. This grant to Z Space advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for acquisition of the lease to Z Below venue
Z Space Studio provides a hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of outstanding new work for the stage. In 2009, the organization took over the management and operations of Theater Artaud, a popular 286-seat performing arts venue in the Mission District of San Francisco. Reaching over 18,000 audience members per year, Z Space produces 24 weeks of programming each year, including a co-production, with the remaining weeks available for rehearsals and rentals by organizations and artists offering programming in a variety of art forms. After months of negotiations, the organization has signed a long-term lease for an additional 88-seat theater in its current building. Hewlett support will cover the aging assets and capital improvements of the space.
for general operating support
Z Space Studio provides a hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of outstanding new work for the stage. In 2009, the organization took over management and operations of Theater Artaud, a popular 286-seat performing arts venue in San Francisco’s Mission District. Reaching more than 18,000 audience members per year, Z Space produces twenty-four weeks of programming annually, including a co-production with a variety of partners, with the remaining weeks available for rehearsals and rentals by organizations and artists offering programming in a variety of art forms. Word for Word, an in-house theater company, takes stories verbatim and adapts them for the stage. The Youth Arts program teaches the Word for Word method in schools, using workshops and residencies to promote literacy to hundreds of students each year. With renewed support, Z Space would continue to build its staff infrastructure, make upgrades to the theater, and launch a New Works Fund campaign.