Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe founding members


The Troupe

Nate Jacobs started the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), with five founding members: Apphia Campbell, Jnana Wilson Cooper, Henry Porter II, his sister Tsadok Porter, and Teresa Stanley. Some have become professionals in the field, while others have gone on to different careers. However, when possible, they perform with WBTT for specific events or limited engagements.

WBTT has grown to become unique in today’s theatre world. We provide a professional platform for gifted minority artists—rising or experienced—to showcase their talents as actors, dancers, singers, musicians, choreographers, directors, and playwrights.

Troupe members consist of many accomplished artists who have made a significant commitment to WBTT and consider our theatre their home. We also include a number of young aspiring performers who, through our mentorship program, have the opportunity to develop their skills alongside the professionals.

In addition, WBTT invites experienced guest artists from around the country to enhance our productions with their special talents.

As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, we hold auditions yearly, but accept resumes throughout the year. We invite any interested artist to contact us.


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 20th Anniversary Curtain Call


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Founder & Artistic Director - Nate Jacobs

Executive Director - Julie Leach

Administrative Staff

  • Artist Relations Associate and Assistant Box Office Manager – Ariel Blue
  • Marketing and Communications Director – Scott Ferguson
  • Development Director – Debra Flynt-Garrett
  • Finance Manager – Robert Grant
  • House Manager – Myllanna McKinnon
  • Production Assistant/Assistant to the Artistic Director – Michael Mendez
  • Box Office Manager – Eleanor Miller
  • Associate Managing Director – Travis Ray
  • Education Director and Artistic Associate – Jim Weaver

Production Staff

  • Properties Designer – Annette Breazeale
  • Seamstress - Darci Collins
  • Production Manager/Music Director – James “Jay” Dodge II
  • Choreographer – Donald Frison
  • Facilities Custodian - Gerald Law
  • Production Stage Manager – Juanita Munford*
  • Lighting Designer - Michael Pasquini
  • Wardrobe Manager – Adrienne Pitts
  • Sound Engineer – Patrick Russini
  • Technical Director - Shane Streight
  • Assistant Music Director – Brennan Stylez

* Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.