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Central Coast Int’l Film Fest

Film Festival

Saturday September 30 from 2 to 7pm

The CCIFF supports up-and-coming filmmakers, sharing their genre-diverse independent films with a global audience. A team of industry experts and academics from the Ventura County area judges each round of submissions based on a high standard of merit. Award-winning projects are publicly screened in Ventura, and the audience can attend special Q&A sessions with the cast and crew.

Missionary Positions

2023 Playwrights’ Splash Festival

Sunday October 1 at 7pm

What the f*ck is up with Evangelicals? Good Question! Dan can help. Growing up a member of a Pentecostal Church, he always believed his mission was clear – bring salvation to the lost. However, cracks start to form when a good, Christian boy starts feeling a little lost himself.


Live Music Phil Salazar & Tom Corbett Sat Oct 7 @ 7pm

Open Mic The Listening Room Sun Oct 8 @ 7pm


Help us serve our community in Downtown Ventura and beyond.

Express yourself!

One of the largest selections of performing arts classes for adults in Ventura.

Namba Performing Arts Space

Veteran performer and instructor of Argentine Tango, Jeni Breen, will be teaching an eight-week workshop this fall. Classes will be held once a week on Thursdays, starting October 12.  Beginning Adults at 6:30; Intermediate at 8pm.

To register email

Improv Comedy Classes with Gary Best

Mondays from 7 to 8:30 pm

Ballet All Levels

Warm-Up with Zena Rommet Floor Barre®

Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm
Sundays from 10:30 to 12 pm

Call Colleen (805) 746-4826

Flamenco with Wendy Castellanos

Littles at 5 pm

Adult Beginning at 6pm

Adult Intermediate at 7pm

Call Wendy (818) 620-0690

5 Cultures, 5 Perspectives in 5 Shows

Purchase a pass and get a discount!

Acting Classes COMING SOON


Performing Arts Education

Enroll in a class today!

Check out our class schedule

5 Cultures, 5 Perspectives in 5 Shows

Purchase a pass and get a discount!

Our NAMBA family is tremendously grateful and honored to have had Gary’s talent and energy supporting us since the beginning. His talent as an instructor and performer brought heartfelt, needed programs to Venturans, giving rise to NAMBA’s virtual “In Performance” series, and our Songwriter’s Workshop. Gary also provided unbridled laughter and games through his weekly Improv classes and monthly shows, a cornerstone of NAMBA’s theatre programs.

On the stage he owned the scene. In a dress or street clothes, with a guitar or an imaginary prop, he had our attention. His smile and the spark of his eyes will be with us evermore.

Gary your laughter will echo through our hearts for time immortal. You are and always will be our star, the most generous light shining upon us all. With great love and respect we bid you, Fare thee well fine friend.

In the wake of the passing of our talented friend, The Ventura Improv Company will continue to hold their regularly scheduled Monday night classes and second Friday shows at NAMBA. Songwriter’s Workshops will continue as well, lead by Henry Stewart.

Julia Campbell Namba (1936 – 2022) shares the compelling back story of how NAMBA Performing Arts Space came to be, as a legacy project by and for her late husband, Ben Namba (1930 – 2020).

Like Julia, Ben was a generous & longtime supporter of the arts in Ventura, California and elsewhere.

Namba Performing Arts Space is dedicated to nurturing and showcasing performing arts in our community. NAMBA provides an intimate space in which to collaborate, rehearse, educate and stage shows and cultural events.

 Founded in 2014, Namba Performing Arts Space, Inc. is a 501c3 organization. Please join us in supporting the arts in our community; sponsor a show, workshop or series; become a member; share your talent/culture or come to see a show. NAMBA looks forward to hosting you!


As we return to theaters and live events, the well-being of our patrons, artists, staff members and community is paramount. Protocols for attending in-person events are developed in conjunction with evolving state, and local health guidelines. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as these change frequently as COVID conditions evolve.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending Namba Performing Arts Space, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.