Nate Jacobs, Founder/Artistic Director
Nate Jacobs is a driving force in Florida’s theater scene. An actor, singer, comedian, playwright, composer, and director, he founded WBTT in December 1999. This graduate of Florida A&M University works extensively in the community training and mentoring youth in the performing arts. Nate had directed, acted, and written many shows. His co-adaptation of Celebrating Greatness was featured on CBS's Street Stories with Ed Bradley. His original one-man comedy show, Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion, was selected for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Fla, and the National Black Theatre Festival, and was performed in New York at PS-NBC’s “new comedic talent” event. Nate has received numerous honors. As a result of his outstanding contributions to young people, the Sarasota County Branch NAACP Youth Council recognized Nate as one of the 2012 “Men of Valor.” In the spring of 2013, Nate was inducted into Sarasota’s Community Video Archives “Hall of Fame.” Nate and the other five founding members of WBTT were honored by Second Chance, Last Opportunity at its “Share the Light” luncheon in September 2014. Biz(941) and La Guia magazines named Nate the 2015 Unity Award Arts winner for being a champion of diversity. Most recently, Nate was honored at the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival with the prestigious “Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award” for his contributions to Black and American theatre. Nate wishes to acknowledge his gratitude to the late Larry Leon Hamlin for his contributions to an early production of this play.