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TheatreSports Improv Competition!


Friday April 12 at 7pm

Prepare yourselves for an uproarious night of non-stop laughter and spontaneous entertainment! Ventura Improv Company proudly presents a high-octane blend of quick-witted short-form scenes, interactive games, and live music that will leave you in stitches and begging for more.
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Open Mic

Sunday April 14 at 7pm

Discover the magic of live acoustic music hosted by talented Ventura songwriter, Henry Stewart! Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance, where local songwriters take center stage in a warm and professional atmosphere. With doors opening at 6 pm, the mic warming up at 6:45, and the show starting at 7 pm, you’re in for a night of soul-stirring performances.


Live Music Kray Van Kirk Thu Apr 18 @ 7pm

Live Music Petty ‘Round The Campfire Sat Apr 20 @ 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

Adult Hip Hop with Maddie

Adult Hip Hop for Fun & Fitness
All Levels Welcome, 18+
Tuesday’s 7-8pm
Taught by Maddie Wilkowske
Text Maddie directly 952-334-8674, or email to reserve your spot.
Classes begin February 6; $15 per class, $12 for students with valid Student ID.

Improv with Ventura Improv Company

The class is for all ages and levels of experience. The class is taught by members of the Ventura Improv Company. Whether or not you aspire to perform onstage, improvising has been proven to stimulate creativity and spontaneity. The class starts at 7pm and goes for approximately 90 minutes. $10.00 a class or 5 for $40.00

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

Our 1st annual NAMBA Performing Arts Space Winter Gala was a great success!  Thank you to all who participated and donated.  Click here for photos.  

Acting Classes

Returning to the NAMBA space is Acting for TV & Film with Ventura Studio (VAS) taught by Producer, Founder & Head Instructor Gina Nemo

All levels welcome!  

Mondays – Adults 5-7pm
Saturdays – Teens 11am-1pm

Call 805.322.8588 or email for info


Adult Pointe class with Melissa Metcalf

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm; email Melissa for deets

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, led 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.