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Lisa Steindler

Lisa Steindler serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Z Space in San Francisco, California.

Lisa Steindler serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Z Space in San Francisco. Since joining Z Space Lisa has guided unheralded growth for the organization.  In 2009, she engineered a long-term lease on Z Space’s first venue. Presently Z Space operates two venues, a black box and a 244-seat main stage, filling an essential role in the Bay Area’s arts ecology while continuing to raise Z Space's profile and partnerships both regionally and nationally. Lisa has created a robust program of produced, co-produced and presented works by local and national artists. Prior to Z Space, Lisa served as the Artistic Director of Encore Theatre where she has shepherded such established playwrights as Adam Bock, Claire Chaffee, Adam Rapp, Leigh Fondakowski, and Peter Nachtrieb. Lisa has produced over 40 world premiere productions. She also created A.C.T.’s ArtReach program, bringing theatre into the Bay Area public schools.

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Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment
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Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment

Reflections on a Six-Year Residency

8 August 2019

Playwright Peter Nachtrieb and artistic director of San Francisco’s Z Space, Lisa Steindler, talk about the National Playwright Residency Program, getting out of your comfort zone, making a living as a writer, and more.

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Taking Risks and Minimizing Failure
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Taking Risks and Minimizing Failure

Johanna Pfaelzer and Lisa Steindler in Conversation

23 December 2018

Johanna Pfaelzer, incoming artistic director at Berkeley Rep Theatre, and Lisa Steindler, executive artistic director of Z Space, talk about creating partnerships with organizations across the Bay Area, the younger generation of leaders, and more.

Interview with Lisa Steindler
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Interview with Lisa Steindler

17 May 2012

Lisa Steindler, Executive Artistic Director of San Francisco's Z Space sat down with Jamie Gahlon to talk about their technical residencies.