LISA STEINDLER
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. In 2012, Lisa reorganized the administration of Z Space, hired an executive director and took on the singular focus of artistic direction with gusto. 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.

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S. SHAFER MAZOW
MANAGING DIRECTOR

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.


WORD FOR WORD

JOANNE WINTER 
Artistic Director, Word For Word
Director, Youth Arts
jwinter@zspace.org

SUSAN HARLOE
Artistic Director,
Word For Word
sharloe@zspace.org

TEAM A-Z

ABIGAIL PAÑARES
General Manager
apanares@zspace.org

ANDREW BURMESTER
Marketing Director
aburmester@zspace.org

AMY PROSSER
Youth Arts Program Coordinator
aprosser@zspace.org

COLM MCNALLY
Technical Team
cmcnally@zspace.org

JEAN WALTERICK
Finance Manager
jeanw@zspace.org
 

JOE MOORE
Director of Production
jmoore@zspace.org

PETER NACHTRIEB
Playwright in Residence pnachtrieb@zspace.org

ROSE OSER
Associate Artistic Director
roser@zspace.org

VANESSA FLORES
Individual Giving Associate
vflores@zspace.org
 

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Board of directors

LAURA O. BERGMAN
President

JANINE PAVER
Vice President, Secretary

EILEEN FISHER 
Treasurer

 

Amie Chen
Derek Brans
Julie Richter
Jenny Johnston
Lucy Lee
Michael Darnaud
Shawn Livermon
Shea Loewen
Shelly Osborne          
Tina Pastelero