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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[INTERVIEW] "Interview with James Harkness of The Color Purple Part I" - Lynne Bernfield, The Lynne Show

[PREVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe sees 'Purple' for season opening musical" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[PREVIEW] "Musical 'The Color Purple' opens in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[FEATURE] "Arts: A building block of the cultural coast" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: The Color Purple, October 14-November 21, 2015" - Don Britt,

Weekend Insider Eblast - Sarasota Magazine
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[TV] "Suncoast View one-year anniversary celebration" - WWSB ABC 7
WBTT artists perform a special song on the anniversary show

[NEWS] "Names and Faces" - Bradenton Herald
The announcement of Julie's hiring as executive director

[NEWS] Biz(941) Daily
The announcement of Julie's hiring as executive director

[OPINION] "The August Wison Center needs a black theater troupe" - Letter to the editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe hires Julie Leach as permanent executive" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[SEASON WRAP-UP] "2014-2015, a Season Remembrance" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: Live music adds soul to a show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune