An important part of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s mission is to continually develop the artistic skills and self-confidence of youth.

In WBTT’s Stage of Discovery summer musical theatre intensive program, a limited number of students ages 13-18 are coached in acting, singing, dancing, and improvisation by creative professionals. They also gain behind-the-scenes experience with set and costume design. The program culminates in a public performance of an exciting musical.

Stage of Discovery is intense, focused, fun — and FREE to participating students, thanks to generous donors! It’s designed for youth who are serious about developing their artistic talents. An audition is required.


Summer 2020 Program

We’re excited that we were able to hold our 2020 Stage of Discovery program as a virtual experience July 13-August 8. Teachers instructed and mentored students in musical theatre disciplines via live online video lessons. The virtual lessons helped students develop skills such as learning via online instruction, being comfortable on camera and preparing video auditions. We videotaped an outdoor performance at the end of the program — with social distancing in place. We were able to showcase the video here for a limited time only, due to song licensing agreements.

How to Audition for Stage of Discovery

We will get the word out about our 2021 summer session in the spring of 2021. Stay tuned!

How to Support Stage of Discovery

Thanks to generous donors, our Stage of Discovery summer musical theatre intensive program is free to participating students. You can make this experience possible for underserved youth people — as well as supporting our other education initiatives like our Young Artist Program, our Jazzlinks touring high school program and Rhythm & Tales, our in-theatre elementary school program — by making a donation to WBTT and specifying that you want your gift to go to our Education Programs. CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Praise for Stage of Discovery

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe launched the Stage of Discovery program in the summer of 2016. Parents and students alike give the experience rave reviews!

Parents said:

“Words cannot express the appreciation I feel for the positive reinforcement, support, and love (yes, love), you all conveyed to my daughter.”

"WBTT has been an amazing influence on Mya's artistic journey. We are forever indebted."

“Mr. Jacobs has the gift of nurturing talent that kids don’t know they have.”

Students said:

"My favorite part was the inspiration and encouragement all students received from each and every teacher. It truly taught me how to be bold and how to work hard."

"I loved getting to know everyone and getting to be surrounded by so much talent. I have never been around people who work so hard."

"My favorite part was getting to develop myself and meet new people."

"I loved dancing and also learning so much about acting and singing."

Video by Bill Wagy Productions
Photos by Sorcha Augustine


PHOTO GALLERY: The Making of The Technicolor Musical Video