executive 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. 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.
Stephen Shafer Mazow is a writer, theater artist, fundraiser, and activist living in San Francisco and working in program development and strategic initiatives at the intersection of art, science, and social justice. Shafer was the Senior Grants Manager at the Exploratorium and served as the strategic lead for the museum’s R&D work in the Lab, which includes the Center for Art and Inquiry, Environmental Initiative, Living Systems, and Human Phenomena. He serves on the organizing committee for Bay Area Writer’s Resist, leads the trans and gender-non-conforming advocacy and empathy project IPFreely, and has helped to establish space-sharing initiatives for performing artists, community-based theater programs, and research and action initiatives to address gender equity in leadership in the non-profit theater field. Most recently, he served on the Steering Committee for the inaugural Berkshire Leadership Summit, a two-day intensive hosted by WAM Theatre that supported more than 100 aspiring leaders who navigate the field as women in skills building, networking, and shifting consciousness around gender and leadership in the non-profit theater world.