GFT in Residence

GFT In Residence is a artist in residence program which allows us to expand our mission driven art 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, receive a stipend, along with a fully supported performance at the theatre.  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. 



Current Artist

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.