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Ground Floor Theatre's Long Comeback
With Gibberish Mostly, Lisa Scheps' company makes its long-awaited return to the stage scene
" resolve the code compliance issues that shut down Ground Floor Theatre, her performance venue on Springdale Road, in..."

Sept. 22, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Lisa Scheps' Ground Floor Theatre
The tireless advocate for the underserved has built a home for their stories
"...Classy and a bit sassy, this woman of the theatre stands at center and begins her melody, a symbolic..."

Dec. 18, 2015 Arts Feature by Jenn Lewis

Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre's Next to Normal
In this collaboration between the two companies, having signing actors and speaking actors perform side by side provides a uniquely engaging experience
"...In keeping with Ground Floor Theatre's stated mission of theatre for underrepresented communities,..."

Dec. 13, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Ground Floor Theatre's Fun Home
Lisa Scheps’ production is invested with a level of care that makes this musical memoir movingly familiar
" perfect fodder for a company as ambitious as Ground Floor Theatre...."

Dec. 14, 2018 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Ground Floor Theatre's White Rabbit Red Rabbit
In Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, what happens is as much a surprise for the actor as for the audience
"...You know how you go into a theatre and you often know nothing of the script, and..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ground Floor Theatre’s Gibberish Mostly
This production of Max Langert’s brave play breaks the silence about autism and the stigma and shame surrounding it
"...production, directed by Lisa Scheps (founder and co-director of Ground Floor Theatre), makes the most of Langert's smart script,..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Ground Floor Theatre’s Unexpected Joy
Sitcom sheen overwhelms this musical’s stage pleasures
"...Joy checks quite a few boxes for East Austin's Ground Floor Theatre, whose mission mandates the production of works..."

Dec. 10, 2021 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Review: Ground Floor Theatre’s Dot
An authentic albeit imbalanced emotional journey into dementia
"...and is receiving a fine production from East Austin’s Ground Floor Theatre, revolves around a contentious, black, middle-class family...."

May 19, 2022 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Ground Floor Theatre's Dex & Abby
In this premiere production of Allan Baker's play, the bond of love between canines and humans is tenderly expressed
"...Despite its far-out premise, Ground Floor Theatre's world premiere, directed by Robert Tolaro, grounds..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Ground Floor Theatre's black do crack
In this new solo show, writer-performer Florinda Bryant shatters the myth that black women must go it alone
"...– she is surrounded by helping hands. black do crackGround Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Through March 2 Running..."

March 1, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Ground Floor Theatre's There and Back
This new play by Raul Garza lets us spend a lifetime with an immigrant and all the decisions she makes
" and returns to the role here. For in Ground Floor Theatre's production, Garza and director Patti Neff-Tiven give..."

Aug. 17, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Ground Plan
Lisa Scheps' Christmas gift to the local stage scene is a new performance venue, Ground Floor Theatre
"...For most people who have run a theatre of their own, once is enough. The unrelenting pressures..."

Nov. 28, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018
It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions
"...imagery and deeply moving. In a year thick with theatre making the political personal, Jesus I. Valles' (Un)Documents and..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Paper Chairs Makes Theatre With a Little Lone Star Surregionalism
The Texas premiere of Will Arbery’s Plano play knows place like home
"...2) nicely in sync with this new show at Ground Floor Theatre – and with the company's concept of..."

Sept. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Penfold Theatre's Crime and Punishment
In this stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, a fascinating glimpse into the more twisted corners of the human mind
"...Penfold Theatre has done us the great service of mounting a..."

April 5, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Capital T Theatre's I and You
Lauren Gunderson's play uses Whitman's "Song of Myself" as a vehicle for two teens on the cusp of adulthood to explore identity
"...For most of the Capital T Theatre production, it feels like two precocious, prickly teenagers collaborating..."

April 13, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits
"...(here co-produced by McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions and Penfold Theatre Company), Poe and his partners never touch; their hands..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Hyde Park Theatre's Confessions of a Mexpatriate
Raul Garza's solo show tells us that finding your true self in another country isn't easy
"...characters he plays, as he demonstrated recently in the Ground Floor Theatre premiere of another Garza play, There and..."

Sept. 28, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Theatre Director
Lisa Scheps
"...contributor to the community and her work in bringing Ground Floor Theatre back into the art world is worthy..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Best of Austin Feature

Capital T Theatre's Hir
The Capital T Theatre production of Taylor Mac's absurdist satire puts the front lines of combat inside an American home
"...current state – a cunning reveal in Capital T Theatre's staging, as the whole house rotates from exterior view..."

Jan. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Found in the Ground
Mother Falcon takes flight – past Paganini
"...the upper deck railings are lined, and the dance floor is a sea of bobbing heads. Crowds in both..."

July 30, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Review: Single Black Female
Lisa B. Thompson's play preaches from a Nineties perch
"...Female is stuck in the Nineties. Currently running at Ground Floor Theatre under the direction of Matrex Kilgore, this..."

Feb. 26, 2020 Arts Post by Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

Best Space For Diverse Voices
Ground Floor Theatre
"...when discussing the sheer breadth and ambition of the Ground Floor Theatre. A performance space dedicated to highlighting marginalized..."

Nov. 8, 2019 Best of Austin Feature

Empowering Queer People of Color Through Health and Wellness
allgo holds its second annual health fair
"...& Queer People of Color Health Fair at the Ground Floor Theatre on Saturday, March 24...."

March 23, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Mikaila Rushing

Local Comedian Prepares New Show for CBS in Shuttered Venue
Laura de la Fuente gets in on the Ground Floor
" Dusk at ColdTowne, is the inaugural performer for Ground Floor Theatre's new artist-in-residence program. And, because sometimes good..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

2016 Long Fringe Canceled
Permit issue leads FronteraFest to shut down part of festival
"...Moore of ScriptWorks and Ken Webster of Hyde Park Theatre announced that the 2016 Long Fringe, scheduled for Jan...."

Jan. 22, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Past, Present, and FuturX of Latinx Performance in Austin
The current surge of Latinx theatre and dance in Austin speaks to both tradition and pioneering new directions
"...This past Friday, I was talking with a fellow theatregoer at the Mexican American Cultural Center about how that..."

Aug. 24, 2018 Arts Feature by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Qmmunity: Queers Who Inspire Us
Plus trans-centric theatre, queer comedy, and the return of aGLIFF
"...TRANSom From the wonderful minds at Ground Floor Theatre comes a new work created by (and..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

2019 B. Iden Payne Award Winners
Five shows share top honors with four awards each
"...For many in Austin's theatre community, they will remember, remember the fourth of November,..."

Nov. 6, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Is FronteraFest Even Half Human?
Two local brothers deck the Long Fringe walls at Ground Floor Theatre
"...Ah, the Brothers Torres, Vincent X. and Eric, better..."

Jan. 23, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

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