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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August 19, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to present concerts to benefit Haiti residents suffering after earthquake and tropical depression" - Sarasota News Leader

August 13, 2021 "Top 10 arts events for Sarasota Manatee: Aug. 12-18" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Astrid Victoria's Young Artist Program showcase is included

August 11, 2021 "WBTT Presents the José Ramirez Band" - SCENE Magazine

August 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe awards 8 artist scholarships" - Community, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

July 29, 2021 "WBTT Receives Grant for Communications System" - Sarasota Magazine Biz Daily

July 28, 2021 "WBTT Presents Eighth Season of its Young Artist Program" - SCENE Magazine

July 26, 2021 "WBTT's New Young Artist Program Season Opens with Astrid Victoria" - Broadway World Sarasota

July 15, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe holding teen performances this weekend" - Emily Kinzer, WWSB ABC 7

July 15, 2021 "NOTES ON THE ARTS - July 15, 2021" - Charlotte Florida Weekly
News brief on WBTT's membership in the National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners is included

July 11, 2021 "Local artists get a showcase in Venice Theatre Summer Cabaret Festival" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Ariel Blue and Syreeta S. Banks are performing in the festival

July 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe announces 2021-2022 season" - Tempo News

July 7, 2021 "WBTT Camp Students Present Musical Performance" - SCENE Magazine

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

June 24, 2021 "Opinion: Colorful ‘In the Heights’ attacked for colorism" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune