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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June 9, 2022 "Founding Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe singer returns for concert" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2022/06/09/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-hosts-concert-founding-member-jnana-wilson-cooper/7487118001/

June 8, 2022 "WBTT alum returns to the stage her talent helped build" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/wbtt-alum-returns-to-the-stage-her-talent-helped-build

June 2, 2022 "Jnana Wilson Cooper, Founding Member of WBTT, to be Featured in Solo Concert" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-060122/flipbook/1/ 

May 31, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe explores struggles and triumphs of realizing the American dream" - Go!, Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/coastal/entertainment/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-explores-struggles-and-triumphs-of-realizing-the-american-dream/article_88e1144a-aac1-11ec-a406-3b52649c1ffe.html

May 21, 2022 "WBTT presents the Jose Ramirez Band" - Manatee Herald
https://manateeherald.com/2022/05/21/wbtt-presents-the-jose-ramirez-band/

May 13, 2022 "Derric Gobourne Jr.'s SH!NE" - Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2022-05-13/19407_Derric-Gobourne-Jr.

May 13, 2022 "REVIEW: 'From Birmingham to Broadway' & 'Float Like a Butterfly'" - Marie Kilker, Totaltheater.com
http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/8869

May 11, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe debuts one-acts about Muhammad Ali and Nell Carter" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/theater/2022/05/11/muhammad-ali-nell-carter-highlighted-new-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-shows/9709954002/

May 10, 2022 "Previewing 'Birmingham to Broadway' with Tarra Conner jones" [VIDEO] - Suncoast View
Tarra Conner jones is interviewed and performs
https://www.mysuncoast.com/video/2022/05/11/previewing-birmingham-broadway-with-tarra-conner-jones-suncoast-view/

May 9, 2022 "Two Black Stars Get the Musical Bio Treatment in WBTT’s New Playwrights Series'' - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/2022/05/two-black-stars-get-the-musical-bio-treatment-in-wbtt-s-new-playwrights-series

May 1, 2022 "Sarasota's WBTT profiles two iconic Americans in New Playwrights Series" - Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/arts/2022/05/01/sarasotas-wbtt-profiles-two-iconic-americans-new-playwrights-series/7444715001/

April 28, 2022 "WBTT’s Young Artist Program: Derric Gobourne Jr. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/regional/WBTT-s-Young-Artist-ProgramDerric-Gobourne-Jr--2898641

April 18, 2022 "WBTT hits all the right notes in 'Broadway in Black'" - Marty Fugate, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/wbtt-hits-all-the-right-notes-in-broadway-in-black

April 14, 2022 "WBTT Raises Over $200,000 During Country-Themed 'April Fools Fête'" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/2022-04-13-tnw/flipbook/0/

April 13, 2022 "WBTT celebration raises over $200,000 during country-themed ‘April Fools Fête’" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/2022/04/13/wbtt-raises-over-200-000-during-country-themed-april-fools-fete/9494614002/