Readings to take place internationally as part of Project1VOICE effort in mid-June

SARASOTA, FL – On June 17, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will take part in Project1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, an international play reading effort presented in association with 45 theater companies and other diverse institutions to celebrate African-American theater. This year, Project1VOICE has selected Crumbs from the Table of Joy by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage for the readings.  

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support production of Flyin’ West and related community outreach activities

SARASOTA, FL – The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has received a $15,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help underwrite its 2020 production of Flyin’ West as well as to defray the costs of community outreach activities related to the play.

Popular WBTT artist Brian L. Boyd to present ‘A Rhapsody Revelation’ on April 7

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present the sixth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows. The third and final Young Artist showcase of the season, featuring popular WBTT artist Brian L. Boyd, takes place Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Nate Jacobs-penned musical revue celebrates the late Queen of Soul’s artistry, talent, understanding of human relationships and social consciousness

SARASOTA, FL – For its final offering of the 2018-2019 mainstage season, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present the Nate Jacobs-penned original musical revue, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha. Jacobs also directs this show, which runs March 13 – April 28, 2019, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and weekend matinees at 2 p.m. at the Westcoast Black Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).

Popular WBTT artist Earley Dean to present Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ on March 17

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present the sixth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows. The second Young Artist showcase of the season, featuring popular WBTT artist Earley Dean, takes place Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

20th anniversary season to feature Caroline, or Change, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Ruby, and Flyin’ West, plus holiday offering, A Motown Christmas

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced its 20th anniversary 2019-2020 season. In addition to four regular-season shows, the schedule includes a special holiday show, available outside of the subscription. Running from January 8 through July 12, 2020 – the theater will be undergoing renovations through December 2019 – the regular season shows are Caroline, or Change, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, Ruby, and Flyin’ West. The holiday show, which takes place in December of 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, is A Motown Christmas.

Popular arts organization to offer a 'triple play' of fun, funk and fireworks as part of the Orioles' 'Arts in the Ballpark' series

SARASOTA, FL – The hits will keep on coming as Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe partners with the Baltimore Orioles to present the '70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, May 18, 8-10 p.m. The event, which will feature WBTT's “All-Star” artists performing the chart-topping soul hits of the 1970s, is part of the Orioles' "Arts in the Ballpark" series. Tickets are now on sale.