The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The Lab


2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 864-8855
@thelabsf / #thelabsf

Please check our program calendar for hours.

Our space is 1/2 block from 16th and Mission BART.

Our wheelchair lift can be accessed through the center doors of the Redstone Building (2940 16th Street), Monday–Saturday until 5pm. Call / text (415) 864-8855 or email to have the doors to the lift opened after hours, or to discuss other ways we can make The Lab accessible. We offer 2 for 1 tickets for carers attending with disabled customers and can reserve advance seats. We support Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) through our mixing board. Our toilets are wheelchair accessible for 1994 standards – we are planning to upgrade these soon.


The Lab gives funding, time, and space to traditionally underrepresented artists and art forms. The organization intentionally focuses on supporting and amplifying the work of experimental artists who identify as African and African-American; Latinx; Asian and Asian-American; Arab and Arab-American; Indigenous American; Pacific Islander; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; differently-abled; and female. We seek to reach visionary artists whose economic and cultural realities have been ignored for too long, to the impoverishment of us all. The Lab is, above all, a catalyst for artistic experimentation. As a site of ongoing iteration and indeterminacy, it seeks to transform alongside artistic practices in order to engage meaningfully with diverse communities in San Francisco's Mission District and beyond.


We believe it is important to constantly question our own organizational model and to deeply engage with new artistic practices and modes of thinking around the arts. The Lab embodies the desires of creative, critical, and compassionate individuals. We want audiences to be inspired by the way we work, not just what we produce.

To that end, The Lab is W.A.G.E. Certified. W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by working artists that publicly recognizes nonprofit arts organizations demonstrating a commitment to voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum standard.

The Lab proudly adopts the We Have Voice Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts. This code promotes zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to sexual harassment and bullying. The commitments and definitions herein promote the creation and strengthening of safe(r) spaces that uphold the equitable treatment of all people regardless of their various identities and positionalities, including gender identity, race, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, immigration status, sexual orientation and identity, class position and economic background, and religious belief and affiliation.

The Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal ID number 94-2952488.

We are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time.


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Staff & Board

Director: Dena Beard
Production Manager: Michael Goldwater
Technical Manager: Anthony Russell
Board: Anna Acquistapace, Tayo Akanni, Miriam Dym, Minnette Lehmann, George McCalman, Perrin Meyer, Ann Rich, Jessica Shaefer, Neal Strickberger, Beau Takahara

Advisory Council

Natasha Boas, International Independent Curator; Mary Ceruti, Director of Sculpture Center; Joseph Del Pesco, International Director of Kadist Foundation; Anthony Huberman, Director of the Wattis Institute; Ben Kinmont, Artist; Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist; Jon Leidecker, Musician; Constance Lewallen, Adjunct Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Aki Onda, Artist and Curator of TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama; Eric Rodenbeck, CEO of Stamen Design; Laetitia Sonami, Artist; Vikki Tobak, Writer and Independent Curator; and Tashi Wada, Artist.


$80,000 level and above:

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
Meyer Sound (in-kind donation)

$40,000 level and above:

Creative Work Fund
Facebook Artist in Residence Program

$15,000 level and above:

California Arts Council
San Francisco Arts Commission

Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

$5,000 level and above:

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

Adobe, Inc.
Anna Acquistapace
Google, Inc.
Graue Family Foundation

Heron Arts
Perrin Meyer

New Music USA
Benjamin Petrosky

Teresa Ann Rich

Jessica Shaefer

Neal Strickberger

Beau Takahara

Violet World Foundation

Zellerbach Family Fund

$2,000 level and above:

Tayo Akanni
Art Now Foundation
Natasha BoasDrew Cushing

Miriam Dym

Maryann Faricy
Jonn Herschend and Max Schroder
The Jay DeFeo Foundation

Minnette Lehmann

Al McElrath
Neal Strickberger
Shari Wilk

$1,000 level and above:

Apple, Inc.
Dolby, Inc.

Elisa Durrette

Barry McGee
Norman Foundation

Julie Norris

Kristina Lee Podesva

Deborah & Andrew Rappaport

Danny Reddin
Thorsten Sideboard

Vikki Tobak

And through the crucial, continuing support of our MEMBERS

Colpa Press created our graphic identity