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We're building a new theatre venue in Austin! Austin is growing, but we are losing space for artists- help us keep local theatre alive!
We're building a new theatre venue in Austin! Austin is growing, but we are losing space for artists- help us keep local theatre alive!
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With Austin's booming theatre community, performance space has become scarce. Escalating real estate prices have forced several existing venues to close their doors. Ground Floor Theatre, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre organization will help alleviate this shortage by building a new performance complex located at 979 Springdale in East Austin.  Opening Dec. 1, 2014, the new space will not only host Ground Floor Theatre productions, but will also be available to arts groups, business and community groups in the Austin metro area.

Boasting 4,500 square feet of total space, Ground Floor Theatre will house a 140 seat blackbox theatre offering a full-service, professionally managed venue for theatrical productions.  Seating and stage configuration is flexible and the space also features two dressing rooms, a green room, a private backstage bathroom and ample parking.

Lisa in the new space just after construction began
Lisa in the new space just after construction began

In addition to housing Ground Floor Theatre's company, the venue is already booked to host two major Austin theatre events.  Fusebox 60-IN-SIXTY will be the inaugural event hosted in this space on December 9th.  Austin's legendary FronteraFest Long Fringe follows, running January 19 - February 1, 2015.

Building a new space brings challenges, but it will lead to huge rewards and we want to invite you to participate!  We would like to raise at least $30,000 to help defray the costs.  The building itself is near completion, but it still has to be finished out with theatrical lighting, sound, audience seating, dressing room and lobby furnishings.  $30,000 is a drop in the bucket, but it will bring us closer to the venue Austin so desperately needs.  Your donation is an investment in the future of Austin and its artists.  If you believe in the Austin theatre community and want to continue to see it thrive; if you want to see a space where under-represented communities (people of color, LGBTQ, the differently-abled, etc) can have their stories told; or if you just want to invest in the future of our amazing city - this is your chance to make a difference!

Patti and Lisa at Ground Floor Theatre as the space becomes a true black box
Patti and Lisa at Ground Floor Theatre as the space becomes a true black box

Ground Floor Theatre will foster an environment for creative thinkers and artists to produce new works by and for under-represented communities as well as provide a performance space for companies that share our vision.

Risks and challenges

Obviously there are many risks and challenges that come with creating a new theatrical space. We are well prepared to open the space - this building IS HAPPENING. The challenge for us will be keeping it open. That's where you come in - your investment in the future of this company and this space helps to ensure many years of new artistic endeavors.

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    STICKER + THANKS:
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    STICKER + WEBSITE LOVE!:
    Receive your very own Ground Floor Theatre logo sticker and your name as a supporter on our website

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    Sticker+ website mention + your name in every program our first year. Don't you just love seeing your name in print?

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    SHOWTUNE YOUR NAME!:
    Lisa or Patti will create a video singing our thanks to you in an original song (that we create just for you) and post it for all of our social media friends to see

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    SCENE STEALER: Lisa and/or Patti will create a video thanking you in the style of your choice (Shakespeare? Greek Tragedy? Slapstick?) and post it to social media. Like the showtune perk, but with more theatre history! Just email us on here with your style choice!

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    CONCESSIONS ON US!:
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    LADIES WHO LUNCH: Lunch with Lisa or Patti (or both!) at one of the many new restaurants near the theatre, plus a tour of the new space!

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    BACKSTAGE ACCESS:
    Open access during production week to see how a show moves in. (To be worked out with production crew)

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    PARTY ON THE GROUND FLOOR!:
    Use of space for a party or event in 2015 (date subject to availability). Gotta big birthday, wedding or just want to party down?

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    BUSINESS BACKER:
    Your company logo (and link) listed on our website + a business card-sized ad in every program for a year

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    GROUND FLOOR RUNNER:
    Just tuckered out after work, but you still have to walk the dog? Let us do it! Lisa, Patti or a board member will do one errand for you so you can just relax! 1 hour time-frame, immediate Austin area only

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    PICNIC ON THE GROUND FLOOR:
    Exclusive invitation to an afternoon picnic in the theatre catered by our own resident chef Lisa Scheps! Mmm! Mmm! Good! Date to be mutually determined with guests.

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    SING OUT LOUISE!:
    Exclusive invite to a karaoke party at the Ground Floor! Let your inner diva shine onstage! Actual date to be determined with guests.

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    ACTOR'S SPECIAL!: Friend of GFT, photographer Daniel Brock has graciously donated four 1-hour headshot photo sessions (1 hour, 2 looks, hair & makeup not included). Time to update those old photos and help a good cause! Actual appointment dates/times TBD.

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    CLEAN UP!:
    Lisa will come to your home or apartment and dust to showtune underscoring while in costume

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    DIRECTOR'S LEVEL:
    Come to a dress rehearsal or performance and "give notes" to the cast

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    ONE WEEK RENTAL:
    Wanna put on a show? Invest $1000 and we can reserve 1 week (Sun - Sat) in the new space in 2015! (subject to space availability)

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    BATHROOM NAMING RIGHTS:
    Be even closer to the actors! People have been asking for this perk, so get it while it lasts!

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    FOUR WEEK RENTAL:
    Special for theatre companies! Donate $5,000 and we can reserve a 4-week performance in the new space in 2015! (subject to space availability)

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    DRESSING ROOM NAMING RIGHTS:
    Be as close to the actors as you possibly can by being the room in which they change clothes!

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    GREEN ROOM NAMING RIGHTS:
    Actors will think of you every time they relax or run-lines backstage!

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    LOBBY NAMING RIGHTS:
    Immortalize yourself or a loved one! Doesn't "The (Your Name Here) Lobby at Ground Floor Theatre" sound great?

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