GFT in Residence
GFT In Residence is an artist in residence program which allows us to expand our mission supporting works by and for unrepresented communities. Artists will have full use of GFT’s venue resources to work on their theatre making, mentoring from the our creative staff, a fully supported performance at the theatre, and receive a stipend. We are working hard to create equity through art and this program moves us in that direction
Each quarter Ground Floor Theatre will look for an Austin artist that fits within our mission of working with underrepresented communities. We will be seeking passionate theatre makers who will benefit from an environment that nourishes and challenges them. The program is for artists who are just establishing or need to re-establish their place in the Austin theatre community.
Michael J. Love Jan - Mar 2021
Michael J. Love is an interdisciplinary tap dance artist—a choreographer, scholar, and educator whose embodied research intermixes Black queer feminist theory and aesthetics with a rigorous practice to engage in thinking on the Black cultural past and Black futurity. His work has been supported and presented by Fusebox Festival, ARCOS Dance, and The Cohen New Works Festival. His collaborative writing has been published in Theatre Topics and he has given public lectures and presentations at Texas A&M University and "Black Voices in Dance Studies," presented by Collegium for African Diaspora Dance and Dance Studies Association.
Love has also collaborated with transmedia artist Ariel René Jackson on video and performance projects which have been featured in or programmed by The New York Times Style Magazine’s #TBlackArtBlackLife series, the New Museum (New York), CUE Art Foundation (New York), the Galleries at the University of Northern Colorado, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, PARA Foundation (Berlin), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), the Visual Arts Center (UT Austin), and the George Washington Carver Museum (Austin).
Love's performance credits include the Broadway laboratory for Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along, performances with Baakari Wilder, and roles in work by Andrew Nemr’s New York-based company Cats Paying Dues.
Michael holds an M.F.A. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Marketing Communication from Emerson College. Visit DancerMLove.com and follow @dancermlove on Instagram to learn more about Michael and his current project, "LIVE From The BEATBOX."
Photo by Cindy Elizabeth
Laura de La Fuente Oct - Dec 2020
Laura de la Fuente is a comedian, writer, and performer based in Austin, TX. As a house performer at ColdTowne Theater, she performs weekly with all-female improv team, Loverboy, and regularly with all-Latinx improv team, Prima Doñas. Laura co-hosts the bi-weekly queer variety show, QueerTowne on ColdTowneTV’s channel on Twitch, and is a writer/performer with queer sketch team, Martini Ranch. She has written her one-hour solo sketch show “Liz Behan: One Woman at Dusk” which completed a sold-out run at ColdTowne Theater in Summer 2019. She has performed in UCB’s Del Close Marathon (NYC/LA), San Francisco Sketchfest, The Second City Los Angeles Diversity Comedy Festival, and most recently was cast in the upcoming ViacomCBS 2021 SHOWCASE.
Recognized as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to highlight diverse talent, SHOWCASE has developed into a hybrid comedy show with Broadway-worthy live performances and original, creative writing. The show is attended by executives, showrunners and casting directors from CBS and other networks as well as talent agents and managers from across the entertainment industry.