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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October 4, 2020 "Behind the Scenes: Arts world navigates rough waters to safe reopening" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/04/behind-scenes-arts-world-navigates-toward-reopening/3554956001/?fbclid=IwAR0FbCI5dfQKVX5cexXs-2TitMqOPBf537qB-73A9mJGw8WfeVM7i13TEsk

October 7, 2020 "WBTT Kicks Off Series of Open-Air Concerts with Light Up the Night!" - SRQ Daily
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2020-10-07/15215_WBTT-Kicks-Off-Series-of-Open-Air-Concerts-with-Light-Up-the-Night

October 7, 2020 "WBTT Kicks Off Series of Open-Air Concerts with Light Up the Night!" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2020/10/06/wbtt-kicks-off-series-of-open-air-concerts-titled-light-up-the-night-90881

August 28, 2020 "Queen of the Keys: Jazz legend Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, former Sarasota resident, dies at 96" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/obituaries/2020/08/28/jazz-legend-and-former-sarasotan-lillette-jenkins-wisner-dies-96/5658312002/

October 1, 2020 "Arts events in Sarasota-Manatee: Oct. 1-8" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/10/01/arts-events-sarasota-manatee-oct-1-8/3534717001/

September 23, 2020 "WBTT, Key Chorale present streaming video from 2019 collaboration" - SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2020-09-23/15091_WBTT-and-Key-Chorale-Present-Streaming-Video-from-2019-Collaboration

September 21, 2020 "WBTT, Key Chorale present streaming video from 2019 collaboration" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2020/09/21/wbtt-key-chorale-present-streaming-video-from-2019-collaboration-90398

September 21, 2020 "WBTT, Key Chorale present streaming video from 2019 collaboration" - Sarasota Patch
https://patch.com/florida/sarasota/wbtt-key-chorale-present-streaming-video-2019-collaboration

September 24, 2020 "What to Do in Sarasota Sept. 24-30" - Sarasota Magazine
"American Roots" is included
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/upcoming-events/what-to-do-in-sarasota-this-weekend/what-to-do-in-sarasota-sept-24-30

August 28, 2020 "Suncoast theatre companies makes changes to upcoming season" - ABC 7
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/08/28/suncoast-theatre-companies-makes-changes-upcoming-season/

September 10, 2020 "Arts events in Sarasota-Manatee: Sept. 10-16" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The Stage of Discovery "Technicolor Musical" is included
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2020/09/10/arts-events-sarasota-manatee-sept-10-16/5718648002/

"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Announces Scholarship Winners" - American Theatre Magazine
https://www.americantheatre.org/2020/07/27/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-announces-scholarship-winners/

"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Announces Scholarship Winners" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-073020/flipbook/0/

"WBTT Online Summer Camps are Smoother than Expected" - Annette Gutierrez, SNN
https://www.snntv.com/clip/15111746/wbtt-online-summer-camps-are-smoother-than-expected

"GUEST EDITORIAL: COVID-19 relief funding should flow to the performing arts" - Richard Russell (Sarasota Opera), Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/opinion/columns/2020/08/19/covid-19-has-devastated-performing-arts-federal-relief-must/3390792001/