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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January 21, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre cancels world premiere musical due to positive COVID-19 tests" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

January 20, 2022 "WBTT’s Premiere of Ruby Latest Victim of Covid Cases" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

January 16, 2022 "Black History Celebrated Year-Round in Sarasota’s Newtown Neighborhood" - Black Press USA

January 5, 2022 "Top 10 arts events for Sarasota-Manatee: Jan. 6-12" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Ruby" is the lead event

January 4, 2022 "Looking ahead at 2022 in arts and entertainment in Sarasota" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group
"Ruby" is included

January 4, 2022 "Shows Postponed, Canceled Due to Covid-19" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

January 4, 2022 "Positive COVID-19 tests disrupt Sarasota arts schedules" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

January 3, 2022 "WBTT education program to expand with $100,000 from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 31, 2021 "As 'Joyful! Joyful!' Surges, So Does Omicron" - Andy Fabian, SRQ Magazine

December 29, 2021 "WBTT Cancels Remainder of 'Joyful! Joyful!' Show" - SRQ Magazine

December 28, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe cancels last 3 ‘Joyful! Joyful!’ performances" - Sam Sachs, WFLA Channel 8

December 26, 2021 "Top 10 arts stories for Sarasota-Manatee in 2021" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 21, 2021 "Photos: First Look at the Cast of WBTT's World Premiere Musical RUBY" - Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World Sarasota

December 19, 2021 "For This Theater Leader, a Mission That Goes Beyond the Stage" - Bob Morris, The New York Times

December 14, 2021 "Triumphant 'Joyful! Joyful!' heralds the joy of holiday season" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group