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[NEWS] "'Soul Crooners' sing again" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "'Soul Crooners' at Straz Center aims to stir the soul with classic songs - Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times

[NEWS] "'Soul Crooners' opens in Tampa" - Bradenton Herald

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Nate Jacobs to receive national recognition" - Sarasota Patch

[FEATURE]: "The state of black theater and black pain, a talk with director Nate Jacobs" - Maurice Morris, Rolling Out Magazine

[NEWS] "7 Cultural Reasons to Visit Sarasota This Summer" - Jodi Mailander Farrell
WBTT's "Cotton Club Cabaret" makes the top 7 of arts/culture events of the summer

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'Barbecue & Blues' - Tampa Bay Newswire

[NEWS] "Attorney David Goldman Gives Commencement Speech to Graduating Class of Westcoast School" - Send2Press Newswire
Nate is mentioned as the most notable graduate of the Westcoast School

[TV] "Suncoast View" - 4.28.2015
Nate co-hosts throughout; WBTT segment begins with link below

[REVIEW] "Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway
Highlight quote: "Spunk is a fine way to end another season of growth at WBTT as it illuminates the black history in a most entertaining way."

[REVIEW] - "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Spunk" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "The entire cast performs with energy and verve, and Jim Weaver has added some nice directorial touches to amplify these simple stories."

[REVIEW] "Spunk" - Marie Kilker,
Highlight quote: "Director Jim Weaver has assured that every word is heard and every movement precisely choreographed and executed. He gets the right emotions from his actors, too."

[REVIEW] "WBTT's got Spunk" - Undine Shorey, Bradenton Times
Highlight quote: "Another musical standout was the outstanding singer, Deidra Grace. Originally from Miami and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Grace’s silky voice is hypnotizing. When you’re not distracted by her beautiful voice, you’ll be in awe of her fabulous dresses."