Effective immediately, Z Space will assume the lease for the 88-seat theater known as The Jewish Theater at Project Artaud. Formerly the theater space of The Jewish Theatre, which closed in the summer of 2012, the 2,100 square foot theater is located directly beneath Z Space’s existing 13,000 square foot theater space.
Z Space’s new theater, called Z Below, will allow the organization to expand its operations and provide for a much more intimate production experience than Z space can offer in its 229-seat main stage upstairs. Z Below is an ideal venue for the development of new work, and will allow the organization to provide more rehearsal and performance options for its companies in residence. Artistic Director Lisa Steindler plans on producing plays that would benefit from a smaller, more intimate space, and could complement the larger productions in Z Space’s main stage. The space will also be used for community rentals. Programming in the space will begin in the late spring.
“We are extremely excited about the possibilities in assuming this new theater,” said Steindler. “Between our current production schedule, the needs of our resident artists, and our community rental program, we are bursting at the seams. We also look forward to the variety of shows we will be able to produce at a smaller and more intimate black box theater.”
About Z Space
Founded in 1993, Z Space is a hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of outstanding new work. Z Space commissions, develops, and produces a full season of new works from a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music, performance art, and new media. Z Space fosters opportunities around the nation for these works and for their Bay Area artists. The organization engages diverse audiences through direct interactions with the process, the projects, and the artists. Since 2009 Z Space has managed and operated a 13,000 sq/ft, 229-seat performing arts venue and gallery: home to more than 40 weeks of public multidisciplinary arts programming annually. www.zspace.org.