Our Technical Development Residency Program provides artists with much needed technical and design resources at the crucial late-stage of new work development. Z Space is one of the very few institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer late-stage residencies across all performance disciplines that includes access to space, a fully equipped theater, and technical personnel. This program is fully funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Each residency lasts one to two weeks, depending on the artist's goals and needs. All activities take place on our versatile main stage, featuring quality lighting, sound and projection equipment, and a 42-foot by 64-foot playing space. In addition to uninterrupted time to explore ideas, Z Space provides full technical staff support and project management and consultation with Z space senior staff on resource development and partnerships, as desired or warranted. Works-in-progress may be presented to the public, if the artist wishes, although residencies are not necessarily linked to public performances before premiering.

Residencies are awarded by invitation only. 


  • Aaron Landsman (City Council Meeting)
  • Chinaka Hodges
  • Stacey Printz
  • Mugwumpin (The Great Big Also)
  • Miranda Jones (The Precipice)
  • University of Chichester UK
  • The Bengsons (Hundred Days)
  • Margo Hall and Marcus Shelby (Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir)
  • LEVYdance (Comfort Zone)
  • Joe Goode Performance Group (HUSH)
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • LEVYdance
  • Bad Unkl Sista
  • Sara Shelton Mann
  • Sarah Wilson & Catch Me Bird


  • Joe Goode Performance Group (Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures)
  • Farah Shaikh (The Twentieth Wife)
  • David Herrera (Touch)
  • Youth Speaks (Spiritrials)
  • Opera Parallele (Heart of Darkness)
  • Cornerstone Theater Ensemble (California: The Tempest)
  • Theatre Mitu  (JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology)
  • Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (A House Tour)
  • Marc Bathmuti Joseph and Michael John Gárces (Pehlotah)
  • Elevator Repair Service (ARGUENDO)
  • The Kilbanes (Weightless)