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[AWARDS] "Best of Sarasota 2019: Editors' Choice Awards" - Sarasota Magazine
WBTT takes top honors for "Best Best New Arts Party Space"
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/4/30/our-editors-picks-for-the-best-new-restaurants-shopping-and-services-in-2019

[AWARDS] "2019 Best of SRQ Local" - SRQ Magazine
WBTT is a Gold winner (2nd place) in Best Performing Arts Group and "Marvin Gaye" is a Bronze winner (tie for 4th) for Best Musical/Play
https://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/1160/The-Retro-90s-Edition-of-the-Best-of-SRQ-Local

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe earns $15,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)" - Accolades, Visit Sarasota
https://www.visitsarasota.com/information/accolades

[TV] "Suncoast FYI: 'Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer'" - Suncoast FYI, SNN
Nate and Katt Heffner discuss the upcoming tribute to Summer at the Manatee Performing Arts Center
https://youtu.be/boSMScWHXJg

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates its donors" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190509/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-celebrates-its-donors

[NEWS] "NC Black Rep To Host Thirty Companies In Honor Of Thirtieth Anniversary Of The National Black Theatre Festival" - Broadway World - Charlotte
https://www.broadwayworld.com/charlotte/article/NC-Black-Rep-To-Host-Thirty-Companies-In-Honor-Of-Thirtieth-Anniversary-Of-The-National-Black-Theatre-Festival-20190514

[NEWS] "Florida in the Top 10 for economic growth in arts and culture" - Tom Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190509/florida-in-top-10-for-economic-growth-in-arts-and-culture

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe keeps heart of soul music alive at Ed Smith" - Niki Kottmann, The Observer
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-70s-soul-party-ed-smith-stadium

[NEWS] "Arts funding gets a boost in Florida budget" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190507/arts-funding-gets-boost-in-florida-budget

[NEWS] "WBTT thanks its supporters with donor appreciation event" - Sarasota Patch
https://patch.com/florida/sarasota/wbtt-thanks-its-supporters-donor-appreciation-event

[REVIEW] "Love Sung in the Key of Aretha" - Marie Kilker, TotalTheatre.com
http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/8273

[NEWS] "Designing Women Boutique and Estate Services awards 2018 grants" - Niki Kottmann, The Observer
https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/designing-women-boutique-awards-2018-grants-sarasota

[NEWS] "'Russian Doll' star Charlie Barnett credits Booker VPA for getting his start" - Ryan Kohn, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/russian-doll-charlie-barnett-booker-high-vpa-sarasota-netflix

[NEWS] "Charlie Barnett, Star of Netflix’s Russian Doll Launched His Career in Sarasota" - Giulia Heyward, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/2/charlie-barnett-star-of-netflix-s-em-russian-doll-em-launched-his-career-in-sarasota