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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July 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe announces 2021-2022 season" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-070821/flipbook/2/

July 7, 2021 "WBTT Camp Students Present Musical Performance" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/wbtts-camp-students-present-musical-performance/

June 24, 2021 "Westcoast Theater’s ‘In the Heights’ star worries colorism debate will tarnish film" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Michael Mendez is interviewed
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/24/colorism-debate-tarnishes-westcoast-theatre-in-the-heights-production-westcoast-black-theatre-fla/5310235001/

June 24, 2021 "Opinion: Colorful ‘In the Heights’ attacked for colorism" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/24/opinion-colorful-in-heights-attacked-colorism/5304883001/

June 19, 2021 "Movie ends filming in Venice" - Morgan Simpson, Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/movie-ends-filming-in-venice/article_076789ca-cd41-11eb-848a-4fae6ba3aba9.html

June 18, 2021 "Soul Sensations & Friends Support WBTT with Special Event" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/soul-sensations-friends-support-wbtt-with-special-event-2/

June 16, 2021 "7 Theatres Form National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners" - American Theatre Magazine
https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/06/15/7-theatres-form-national-association-of-black-theatre-building-owners/

June 12, 2021 "The Future of the Arts" - Gulf Coast Community Foundation's video series
Nate and Debra are interviewed
https://bit.ly/3xh8sPs

June 9, 2021 "Southwest Florida theaters announce 2021-2022 seasons" - Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
https://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/southwest-florida-theaters-announce-2021-2022-seasons/

June 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2021/06/08/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-names-new-trustee-98623

June 8, 2021 "WBTT Names New Trustee, Announces 2021-2022 Board of Trustees" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTT-Names-New-Trustee-Announces-2021-2022-Board-of-Trustees-20210608

June 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee" - Sarasota Patch
https://patch.com/florida/sarasota/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-names-new-trustee

June 3, 2021 "Top 10 arts events for Sarasota-Manatee: June 3-9" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Sistas' is included
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/03/top-10-arts-events-sarasota-manatee-june-3-9/7454293002/

June 2, 2021 "Black Theatres Forge New National Alliance" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/black-theatres-forge-new-national-alliance/

June 2, 2021 "Today In The Culture, June 2, 2021: Black Theaters Unite," Ray Pride, New City (Chicago)
https://www.newcity.com/2021/06/02/today-in-the-culture-june-2-2021-aids-garden-black-theaters-unite-amc-arclight/