Renting The Z

Zeiders American Dream Theater (The Z) is a professional, non-profit theater that introduces new works and emerging artists, presents unique artistic experiences, and inspires creative growth in the Hampton Roads Community. 

The Z hosts a variety of rental events each year, ranging from full performances and fashion shows to receptions and meetings. The Z has a state of the art facility, technical equipment and professional event staff to support all kinds of events. 

General Building Information

The Zeiders American Dream Theater facility is located in Virginia Beach, VA in the heart of the Virginia Beach Town Center. The facility features a Main Stage Theater and a flexible black box-style Studio Theater, each outfitted with premium technical capabilities and support spaces. 

The Main Stage Theater has an 840ft² thrust stage and 299 fixed seats in 3-sided stadium seating. It features integrated projection mapping for the full stage and surround or to a motorized projection screen, LED lighting, sound reinforcement, thrust stage with a sprung floor, and high definition audio and video recording capabilities. 

The Studio Theater is a 2000ft2 flexible black box space that can be configured for performances, smaller meetings, or rehearsals and classes. It has an overall room capacity of 145 and seated capacity of 120. It features LED lighting, sound reinforcement, a projector and hanging screen, fully sprung room floor, and a wall of rehearsal mirrors that can be hidden with black masking curtains. 

Optional equipment for either theater includes metal stage platforms, concert grand and upright pianos, and marley flooring. 

The backstage support includes a street level loading dock with freight elevator, a break room with refrigerator, small microwave, washer and dryer, and two dressing rooms with 10 person occupancy, each equipped with a private restroom and shower.

The Z also has available for rent a Main Stage lobby with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Town Center Fountain Plaza and a smaller Studio lobby. The Main Lobby includes a concessions stand which serves beer on tap, bottled beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks, and packaged snacks. Optional lobby equipment includes a corner stage, cocktail tables, sound support for live or recorded music, additional rolling bar, 8’ and 10’ folding tables, and an AV cart for presentations. 

Additional information including facility plan, photos, fees and tech packages are below. 

For rental inquiries, email a description of your event including daily schedule to

Tech Packages

Rental Fee Schedule

Facility Map