This page includes a collection of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe news, reviews and events. We appreciate the journalists who are helping to spread awareness of our work and foster an appreciation for the arts in our community. We update this page frequently, so be sure to check back often.

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October 22, 2020 "'Light Up the Night' brings music, hope to Sarasota outdoors" - Lila Gross, WFLA Channel 8
https://www.wfla.com/news/around-town/light-up-the-night-brings-music-hope-to-sarasota-outdoors/

October 16, 2020 "It's A Rad World" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine
"RAD," a collaboration of Ariel Blue, Raleigh Mosely and Derric Gobourne Jr., is featured
https://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/1397/Its-A-Rad-World

October 6, 2020 "WBTT Will 'Light Up The Night!' With Open-Air Concerts" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTT-Will-Light-Up-The-Night-With-Open-Air-Concerts-20201006

October 12, 2020 "Filmed Live Musicals: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Luisa Lyons, Filmed Live Musicals
Podcast: Nearly hour-long interview with Julie Leach
https://filmedlivemusicals.buzzsprout.com/1239092/5832118-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe?play=true

October 15, 2020 "40 Under 40 Class of 2020" - Grier Ferguson, Business Observer
WBTT associate managing director Travis Ray was selected as an honoree
https://www.businessobserverfl.com/article/travis-ray-35

October 8, 2020 "Arts events in Sarasota-Manatee: Oct. 8-14" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Light Up the Night!' is included
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/08/arts-events-sarasota-manatee-oct-8-14/5888141002/?fbclid=IwAR3bT7zU7kscmfyzCgx3NYUEmeqGcFib3WMf4XDbrUbeXSV6z--FVtvkXfc

October 16, 2020 "Arts events in Sarasota-Manatee: Oct. 15-21" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Light Up the Night!' is included
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/15/arts-events-sarasota-manatee-oct-8-14/5936966002/

October 10, 2020 "WBTT will 'Light Up the Night' with open-air concerts - Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/wbtt-will-light-up-the-night-with-open-air-concerts/article_55b4d768-0811-11eb-ac7f-9fc815362842.html

September 26, 2020 "Murals flourish in Sarasota during pandemic" - T. Michele Walker, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/09/26/mural-artists-busy-sarasota-during-coronavirus-pandemic/3493746001/

October 4, 2020 "Behind the Scenes: Arts world navigates rough waters to safe reopening" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/04/behind-scenes-arts-world-navigates-toward-reopening/3554956001/?fbclid=IwAR0FbCI5dfQKVX5cexXs-2TitMqOPBf537qB-73A9mJGw8WfeVM7i13TEsk

October 7, 2020 "WBTT Kicks Off Series of Open-Air Concerts with Light Up the Night!" - SRQ Daily
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2020-10-07/15215_WBTT-Kicks-Off-Series-of-Open-Air-Concerts-with-Light-Up-the-Night

October 7, 2020 "WBTT Kicks Off Series of Open-Air Concerts with Light Up the Night!" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2020/10/06/wbtt-kicks-off-series-of-open-air-concerts-titled-light-up-the-night-90881

August 28, 2020 "Queen of the Keys: Jazz legend Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, former Sarasota resident, dies at 96" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/obituaries/2020/08/28/jazz-legend-and-former-sarasotan-lillette-jenkins-wisner-dies-96/5658312002/

October 1, 2020 "Arts events in Sarasota-Manatee: Oct. 1-8" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/01/arts-events-sarasota-manatee-oct-1-8/3534717001/

September 23, 2020 "WBTT, Key Chorale present streaming video from 2019 collaboration" - SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2020-09-23/15091_WBTT-and-Key-Chorale-Present-Streaming-Video-from-2019-Collaboration