Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

July 15, 2023


Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!


Washington Irving’s: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

with CORE Theater Ensemble

June 09, 2023 to June 10, 2023

8:00pm & 3:00pm Saturday

Studio Theater

CORE Theatre Ensemble and The Z present the World Premiere of a New Stage Adaptation of
Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

CORE Theatre Ensemble
Core Theatre Ensemble is an internationally touring independent theater company headed by Emel Ertugrul and Edwin Castillo with artistic associates Laura Agudelo and Nancy Dickerson. As a company, they work with a philosophy and a focus on the performer within the ensemble. Their works gravitate towards the group event and highlight the ensemble as an entity, working towards a common goal of performance and presentation. Core’s mission is to create innovative, compelling ensemble works that are both challenging to the actors involved and engaging to the audiences who watch.

Z Fringe Festival

Art that pushes the envelope

April 08, 2023

2 days of locally produced, performance-based works

Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

Art that pushes the envelope is taking over The Z this April. The Z Fringe Festival showcases unique creative works in a weekend of adventurous theater and performance art. Featuring exciting, self-produced works on three Z stages, including 2 new pieces produced by The Z and The Z Fringe Co-Producing Artists, Jason Kypros and Brittney Harris. Celebrate art that makes a statement at The Z Fringe Festival! Artistic Innovation starts here.

The Z Fringe Festival, April 7-8, is 2 days of locally produced, performance-based works in the Main Stage, Studio, and on the terrace (weather permitting) with ticket proceeds for each show going back to the producing artist. Submissions are open to performance-based art of any genre (and across-genres… and totally beyond genre categorization…).


MASTER CLASS: Grant Writing

A Z Artist Event

February 15, 2023


Studio Theater

Fund your arts career throught grants! Learn the ins and outs of the application process from those well-versed in the process: Hillary Plate & Rita Cohen.

WORKSHOP: Artist Self Care

A Z Artist Event

June 21, 2023


Studio Theater

Time to care for yourself! As artists we are especially vulnerable and need to carve out time for our emotional and mental well being. Join us as Lynn Gilbert, creator of Sounds of Evensong, an immersive sound and vibration healing practice, leads a healing vibration session for us to experience together. Then learn about the programs and resources supporting mental health available through NAMI Coastal Virginia (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Masterclass: Devised Theater

A Z Artist Event

April 19, 2023


Studio Theater

Join accomplished actress, published playwright and ODU Assistant Theater Professor, Brittney Harris, as she shares her insights and expertise about Devised Theater and all the ways it can help us talk about the important issues of our time. Devised Theater: A method of theater-making in which the script originates from collaborative, often improvisatory work by a performing ensemble.


Brittney S. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise are in Race and Performance, Performance as Activism, and Community-Engaged Devised Theatre. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting with an emphasis in Cultural Enrichment from the University of Georgia. As an artist and educator, her approach to creativity centers on providing a sacred space for discovery, exploration, and individuality.

Brittney’s works survey the adverse effects of vicarious trauma from social media on the personal psyche and how narrative-based storytelling is used as a vessel for social resilience and redemption. Specific topics explored, but not limited to, are Racial Injustice, Mental Health Awareness, Gender Equality, and Domestic Violence Awareness. Her works have been featured at several national interdisciplinary conferences and fringe festivals, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE), National Women’s Theatre Festival, and Black Theatre Network.

Most recent featured directed performances/programming include Silhouettes: Cut to Black, The Kara Walker Project (ROUGE Productions and VA MOCA); Exodus: Homecoming VA (The InHEIRitance Project); The Hidden History of the Banjo (Zeiders American Dream Theater); Intimate Apparel (ODURep Theatre) and created/devised TAG! You’re It!, Symptomatic: IRL and Echoes: Transcending Through Story for the ODURep Theatre Mainstage season. Currently, she is workshopping and touring her three solo performance projects, Pedigree, The Intersection: The Sandra Bland Project and Being B.A.D.; each project assessing how narratives of resilience are archived, shared, remembered, and incite a dialogue in promoting social reform and change.

Free with Z artist membership; $10 suggested donation for non-members