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 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

June 19, 2021 "Movie ends filming in Venice" - Morgan Simpson, Venice Gondolier Sun

June 18, 2021 "Soul Sensations & Friends Support WBTT with Special Event" - SCENE Magazine

June 16, 2021 "7 Theatres Form National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners" - American Theatre Magazine

June 12, 2021 "The Future of the Arts" - Gulf Coast Community Foundation's video series
Nate and Debra are interviewed

June 9, 2021 "Southwest Florida theaters announce 2021-2022 seasons" - Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly

June 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee" - Tampa Bay Newswire

June 8, 2021 "WBTT Names New Trustee, Announces 2021-2022 Board of Trustees" - Broadway World Sarasota

June 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee" - Sarasota Patch

June 3, 2021 "Top 10 arts events for Sarasota-Manatee: June 3-9" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Sistas' is included