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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November 30, 2021 "Westcoast Troupe gets ‘Joyful!’ with new Sarasota holiday show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/30/westcoast-troupe-gets-joyful-new-sarasota-holiday-show/8667741002/

November 28, 2021 "Six degrees of John Ringling: Tracing the roots of Sarasota’s arts and culture explosion" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/28/centennial-year-look-history-sarasota-countys-arts-scene/7944012002/

November 24, 2021 "Legendary Melba Moore to perform at WBTT's fall gala" - Manatee Herald
https://manateeherald.com/2021/11/24/legendary-melba-moore-to-perform-at-wbtts-fall-gala/

November 23, 2021 "Where to find Nutcrackers, Christmas Carols and holiday favorites on stage in Sarasota-Manatee" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Joyful! Joyful!' is included
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/23/holiday-arts-shows-the-nutcracker-dickens-sarasota-manatee/8661597002/

November 22, 2021 "The Best Holiday Events in Sarasota-Manatee" - Allison Forsyth, Sarasota Magazine
'Joyful! Joyful!' is included
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/2021/11/holiday-events-sarasota-2021

November 19, 2021 "WBTT presents this season's holiday show, 'Joyful! Joyful!'" - Sarasota Patch
https://patch.com/florida/sarasota/wbtts-presents-season-s-holiday-show-joyful-joyful

November 18, 2021 "MASTER CLASS: WBTT announces collaboration with Semkhor and FOUNDERS+ - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-111821/flipbook/2/

November 17, 2021 "CreArte Latino stirs passions in new Sarasota-Manatee audiences" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Nate/WBTT named as inspiration for what CreArte Latino is trying to do
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/17/crearte-latino-launches-hispanic-cultural-center-sarasota-manatee-florida/6394286001/

November 8, 2021 "BUSINESS PEOPLE: Associate director at theater trains at board institute" - Business Weekly
Travis Ray's selection for the Gulf Coast Board Institute leads off the column
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/business/2021/11/08/theater-director-receives-governance-training-tiktok-expert-hired/6254122001/

November 7, 2021 "Sarasota actress Syreeta Banks calls on faith and talent to get through pandemic" - T. Michele Walker, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/07/syreeta-banks-sarasota-actress-adapts-post-pandemic-arts-world/6243826001/

November 4, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Voices program to pay tribute to Black golfer" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-110421/flipbook/8/

November 2, 2021 "‘Stunning’ performance at Westcoast" - Letter to the Editor (Ivan Pressman), Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Effusive words of praise for "Eubie!"
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/opinion/2021/11/02/magnificent-performance-at-westcoast-support-for-covid-protocols/6228552001/

November 1, 2021 "WBTT Voices Community Forum to Pay Tribute to Groundbreaking Black Golfer Ann Gregory" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTT-Voices-Community-Forum-To-Pay-Tribute-To-Groundbreaking-Black-Golfer-Ann-Gregory-20211101

October 28, 2021 "WBTT Opens Subscription Sales for Remainder of 2021-2022 Season" - Tempo News
Lead story, front page
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-102821/flipbook/1/

October 28, 2021 "WBTT Announces Collaboration With Semkhor And FOUNDERS+" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTT-Announces-Collaboration-With-Semkhor-And-FOUNDERS-20211028