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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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

May 21, 2022 "WBTT presents the Jose Ramirez Band" - Manatee Herald

May 13, 2022 "Derric Gobourne Jr.'s SH!NE" - Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine

May 13, 2022 "REVIEW: 'From Birmingham to Broadway' & 'Float Like a Butterfly'" - Marie Kilker,

May 11, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe debuts one-acts about Muhammad Ali and Nell Carter" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

May 10, 2022 "Previewing 'Birmingham to Broadway' with Tarra Conner jones" [VIDEO] - Suncoast View
Tarra Conner jones is interviewed and performs

May 9, 2022 "Two Black Stars Get the Musical Bio Treatment in WBTT’s New Playwrights Series'' - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

May 1, 2022 "Sarasota's WBTT profiles two iconic Americans in New Playwrights Series" - Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

April 28, 2022 "WBTT’s Young Artist Program: Derric Gobourne Jr. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Broadway World Sarasota

April 18, 2022 "WBTT hits all the right notes in 'Broadway in Black'" - Marty Fugate, Observer Group