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[PREVIEW] "Sarasota's WBTT focuses on breast cancer with play, forums" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
The paywall pop-up will obscure the article but you can read it if you scroll slowly ...
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/article104728306.html

[HONORS] "2016 Handy Awards" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

  • Winner, Apphia Campbell - Best Actress, Musical (Celie, The Color Purple)
  • Nominee Carolyn Michel - Best Actress, Play (Miss Daisy, Driving Miss Daisy)
  • Nominee Neyce Campbell - Best Featured Actress, Musical (Shug, The Color Purple)
  • Nominee Chuck Smith - Best Director, Play (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)
  • Nominee James Harkness - Best Director, Musical (The Color Purple)
  • Nominee John Bronston - Best Musical Direction (The Color Purple)
  • Nominee Jay Dodge - Best Musical Direction (The Sam Cooke Story)

*Congratulations to Chris Caswell on his win for the Handy for Best Actor, Musical, for his work in the Venice Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd!*
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20160923/2016-handy-awards-celebrating-winning-season

[NEWS] "2015-2016 Remembering the Theatre Season That Was" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway
Bill writes about his favorite moments onstage from last year's theatre season - there are many from WBTT!
http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/wfla/index.html

[EVENT LISTINGS] "ARTbeat - September 23, 2016 - Rachel Denton, Arts & Cultural Alliance
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101163376220&ca=4c2c9e27-c0a8-4905-9a08-b93f0348456d

[EVENT LISTINGS] "Arts Briefs: New stage and gallery shows opening this week" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Features information about "WBTT Voices: Life in the Cancer Lane"
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20160927/arts-briefs-new-stage-and-gallery-shows-opening-this-week

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'WBTT Voices' community forums" - Tampa Bay Newswire
http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2016/08/31/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-presents-wbtt-voices-community-forums-48550

[FEATURE] "Aunt Rudele tells all" - Marty Fugate, Sarasota Observer
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/aunt-rudele-tells-all

[PREVIEW] "'Aunt Rudele's Family Reunion' returns to Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/article96247407.html

[LETTER TO THE EDITOR] "Camp performers wow audience" - Arlene J. Pearlman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Arlene's letter is about halfway down
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20160819/mondays-letters

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: A history of racial divide on stage" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/08/05/behind-the-scenes-a-history-of-racial-divide-on-stage/

[RADIO] Suncoast Living Radio with Charlotte Reed
Nate is interviewed
http://sarasotanewsradio.iheart.com/media/play/27227483/

[EVENTS LISTINGS] "This Week in the Arts: Aug. 17-23 - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/08/17/this-week-in-the-arts-aug-17-23/

[NEWS] "First summer camp fosters talent in theater newcomers" - Dahlia Ghabour, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/08/12/first-summer-camp-fosters-talent-in-theater-newcomers/

[PHOTOS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Summer Camp" - Rachel O'Hara, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://galleries.heraldtribune.com/gallery/371114#/0

[NEWS] "WBTT Summer Intensive a Success" - Phil Lederer, SRQ
http://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2016-08-12