The Troupe

Nate Jacobs started the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), with five founding members: Apphia Campbell, Jnana Wilson, Henry Porter II, his sister Tsadok Porter, and Teresa Stanley. Some have become professionals in the field, while others have gone on to different careers. However, when possible, they perform with WBTT for specific events or limited engagements.

WBTT has grown to become unique in today’s theatre world. We provide a professional platform for gifted minority artists—rising or experienced—to showcase their talents as actors, dancers, singers, musicians, choreographers, directors, and playwrights.

Troupe members consist of many accomplished artists who have made a significant commitment to WBTT and consider our theatre their home. We also include a number of young aspiring performers who, through our mentorship program, have the opportunity to develop their skills alongside the professionals.

In addition, WBTT invites experienced guests artists from around the country to enhance our productions with their special talents.

As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, we hold auditions yearly, but accept resumes throughout the year. We invite any interested artist to contact us.

Administrative Staff

  • Development Director - Debra Flynt-Garrett
  • Finance Manager - Robert Grant
  • Associate Managing Director - Travis Ray
  • Company Manager/Assistant to the Artistic Director - Joey James
  • Box Office Manager - Eleanor Millerr
  • House Manager - Myllanna McKinnon

Production Staff

  • Production Manager/ Music Director - James (Jay) E. Dodge, II
  • Production Stage Manager - Juanita Munford*
  • Technical Director - Shane Streight
  • Lighting Designer - Michael Pasquini
  • Sound Engineer - Patrick Russini
  • Property Designer - Annette Breazeale
  • Choreographer - Donald Frison
  • Talk-Back Facilitator – Linda Knox
  • Facilities Custodian - Gerald Law

* Members of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.