2023 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance

Thank you for coming to the

Our hearts are full from the multi-generational, diasporic, cross-genre, trans and queer kaleidoscope of art and community!

Sending mountains of appreciation to the over 500 people who came to the festival, and to our FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL performers, designers, collaborators, staff, production crew, front-of-house support, funders, donors, Community Partners, friends, and beloved community!

We hope you were filled with as much magic as you gave to us!

Date & Time:


Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA

ASL interpretation provided:
  * Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
  * Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
  * Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm

Scroll down for accessibility information & COVID safety


Wed, June 14 @ 7:30pm
Thur, June 15 @ 7:30pm (ASL)

Host: Churro Nomi


Fri, June 16 @ 7:30pm (ASL)
Sat, June 17 @ 7:30pm

Host: Churro Nomi


Sat, June 17 @ 2pm (ASL)
Sun, June 18 @ 2pm


ASL Interpretation:
Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm

The wildly-popular FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL celebrates its first in-person festival in 3 years with an extravaganza of world premieres and an exciting new format. 

This year, the festival expands to 6 performances featuring 3 different Programs … and the festival itself will take advantage of Z Space’s 13,000 square feet, with artists performing all around the building: on balconies, in the lobby, in quirky nooks and crannies, and on the mainstage. This ‘site-specific’ format means that tickets will be limited, to allow for smaller audiences to enjoy this ‘up-close and personal’ intimate site-specific format.

KN95 masks will be provided and required. Event ACCESSIBILITY INFO is listed further down this page.

The 2023 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL features:

  • 18 artists and ensembles, most performing world premieres!
  • Artists from the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, New York, Portland and more performing: Bomba dance and music, vogue performance, opera, Afro-Latin dance, aerial dance, stand-up comedy, live music and much more.
  • World premieres commissioned especially for the festival, by 6 FRESH WORKS! commissioned artists: Andrea Horne, Charles Peoples III, Elena Rose, LOTUS BOY, NEVE, and Peekaboo.


Fresh Meat Productions resists and opposes the rush to “re-open” without regard for the well-being and safety of our communities — especially our most marginalized, under-resourced and/or vulnerable folks.

If you cannot attend in-person events safely, we still want this work to be accessible to you!

We will make an online, on-demand, Closed-Captioned video version of the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL available this August (sliding scale tickets with no one turned away).


  • Z Space’s entrance, lobby, bathrooms and audience seating areas are all wheelchair accessible.
  • This site-specific festival format means that audiences will first sit in one area of the theater, and then will move collectively to another area of the theater. 
  • Accessible seating areas will be reserved and available in both seating area.
  • The lobby audience seating area is at floor level; in the theater seating area, the front row of seating is at floor level; all other rows of seating are on risers and require climbing stairs.
  • The lobby audience seats are armless; in the theater, the front row of seating features armless chairs; all other chairs in the theater have non-moveable arms.
  • Program A, Program B and Program C all feature one performance with ASL Interpretation: please let us know when you’re coming (Email
    • Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
    • Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
    • Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
  • If you need to reserve accessible seating, please email us at Please specify your access need (eg. if you’re a wheelchair user coming with one companion; if you need an extra-wide, armless chair; if you need to be seated in the ASL seating area).
  • Z Space’s bathrooms are all-gender.
  • Identification (ID) is not required to purchase or pick up tickets.


  • Each performance will have limited seating — to allow for more space between audience members.
  • Audience is required to be KN95 masked for the entirety of their time inside the building. Our staff will provide KN95 masks to everyone before they enter the building (unless someone’s disability, chronic illness or health condition means they cannot wear a mask).
  • By attending Fresh Meat in person, you agree to the following:
    • You do not have any signs of contagious illness (COVID or otherwise), including pink eye, that aren’t fully explained by a non-contagious health condition that you have
    • If you have had COVID, it’s been at least 10 days since your first symptoms or positive test if you were asymptomatic.

The 2023 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is a proud community partner
event of the National Queer Arts Festival!