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 28, 2022 "Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $40,000 Arts Appreciation Grant To Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Broadway World Sarasota

July 26, 2022 "Sarasota's WBTT rides a soul wave back to National Black Theatre Festival" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Front-page coverage!

July 18, 2022 "Local students showcase talent during WBTT Stage of Discovery" - Eric Wilson, WWSB ABC7

July 15, 2022 "WBTT summer camp kids to showcase skills in weekend show" - Annette Gutierrez, SNN News

July 14, 2022 "Sarasota teens set to perform in 'We Dream' musical on July 16" - Adaure Achumba, 10 Tampa Bay

July 13, 2022 "Suncoast Culture Club podcast" - Robyn Bell, Suncoast Culture Club
Jim Weaver and Stage of Discovery alumna / camp staffer Astrid Victoria are interviewed

July 8, 2022 "Developing Dreams" - Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine

July 7, 2022 "Tickets now on sale for WBTT’s ‘Stage of Discovery’ student show" - Tempo News
Front-page takeover!

July 6, 2022 "WBTT’s Stage of Discovery Students Present New Original Musical" - SCENE Magazine

June 29, 2022 "Hermitage Retreat providing creative opportunities for Sarasota area artists" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

June 17, 2022 "The Exchange Continues Support for WBTT" - SCENE Magazine

June 9, 2022 "Founding Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe singer returns for concert" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

June 8, 2022 "WBTT alum returns to the stage her talent helped build" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group

June 2, 2022 "Jnana Wilson Cooper, Founding Member of WBTT, to be Featured in Solo Concert" - Tempo News 

May 31, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe explores struggles and triumphs of realizing the American dream" - Go!, Venice Gondolier Sun