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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[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe celebrates black theater history in new season" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainment/20200309/westcoast-troupe-celebrates-black-theater-history-in-new-season

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Announces 2020-2021 Season" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-Announces-2020-2021-Season-20200309

[REVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe raises spirits with lively gospel musical" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainment/20200301/theater-review-westcoast-troupe-raises-spirits-with-lively-gospel-musical

[REVIEW] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Rouses Spirits with Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/2020/03/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-rouses-spirits-with-em-your-arms-too-short-to-box-with-god-em

[REVIEW] "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway
https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/wfla/wfla514.html

[REVIEW] "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" - Marie Kilker, TotalTheater.com
http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/8567

[NEWS] "WBTT Closes Black History Month with a Forgotten Classic" - Andrew Fabian, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2020-02-28/12780_WBTT-Closes-Black-History-Month-with-a-Forgotten-Classic

[NEWS] "Director brings personal touch to Westcoast’s ‘Your Arms Too Short to Box with God’ - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainment/20200223/director-brings-personal-touch-to-westcoasts-your-arms-too-short-to-box-with-god?fbclid=IwAR0jUh3ictpeKH30CNcLbta3KOekk-4HIL49KU7swA1OEG4zt2U37kFdwcY

[TV] "Young Artist Program at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Suncoast View, ABC 7
Nate is co-host, Derric Gobourne Jr. is interviewed
https://www.mysuncoast.com/video/2020/02/26/young-artist-program-west-coast-black-theatre-troupe-suncoast-view/

[NEWS] "WBTT presents seventh season of the Young Artist Program" - Tempo News
https://temponewsflorida.com/wbtt-presents-seventh-season-of-the-young-artist-program/

[NEWS] "What Not to Miss When in Sarasota" - Suncoast Post
WBTT mentioned in listing of things to do
https://www.sarasotapost.com/business/3005-what-not-to-miss-when-in-sarasota

[NEWS] "New Digs: Sarasota's Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe returns with a stellar new space and 20th-anniversary season" - Abby Weingarten / Photos by Wyatt Kostygan, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/1304/New-Digs

[NEWS] "WBTT's Young Artist Program Opens Season With Derric Gobourne Jr." - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTTs-Young-Artist-Program-Opens-Season-With-Derric-Gobourne-Jr-20200225

[EVENTS] "Arts on the Horizon - March" - Siesta Sand
http://siestasand.net/Arts-on-the-horizon-03-2020/

[TV] "Professional black theater company develops minority talent," What's Right with Tampa Bay, Fox 13
Longer segment than usual in recognition of Black History Month
https://www.fox13news.com/news/professional-black-theater-company-develops-minority-talent