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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March 4, 2021 "Suncoast Culture Club 3.4.2021" - Robyn L. Bell, Suncoast Culture Club
Podcast featuring an interview with Nate Jacobs, Michael Mendez and James "Jay" Dodge II
https://www.suncoastcultureclub.com/

March 4, 2021 "WBTT helps students connect with Black history" - Brynn Mechem, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/wbtt-helps-students-connect-with-black-history

March 4, 2021 "Arts events for Sarasota-Manatee: March 4-10" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Light Up the Night and Aunt Rudele including in arts listings for the week
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/03/04/circus-classical-greats-exhibits-and-more-among-weeks-arts-events/6840622002/

February 24, 2021 "WBTT to Present Jazzlinks Education Program Virtually" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/wbtt-to-present-jazzlinks-education-program-virtually/

February 24, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents 'Jazzlinks' Education Program Virtually" - SRQ Daily
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2021-02-24/16337_Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-Presents-Jazzlinks-Education-Program-Virtually

February 24, 2021 "WBTT to present ‘Jazzlinks’ education program virtually" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2021/02/23/wbtt-to-present-jazzlinks-education-program-virtually-95788

February 16, 2021 "WBTT returns to live performances with 'Light Up the Night!'" - Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/wbtt-lights-up-the-night-later-this-month/article_3fbb73aa-67ce-11eb-a463-8ff543398814.html

February 15, 2021 "Florida’s Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe plays outdoors to ‘Light Up the Night!’" - Malcolm Lewis Barnes, DC Metro Theater Arts
https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2021/02/15/floridas-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-plays-outdoors-to-light-up-the-night/

February 11, 2021 "Arts events for Sarasota-Manatee: Feb. 11-17" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/02/11/opera-romance-murder-mysteries-and-more-weeks-arts-events/4419834001/

February 10, 2021 "WBTT lights up the night later this month" - Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/wbtt-lights-up-the-night-later-this-month/article_3fbb73aa-67ce-11eb-a463-8ff543398814.html

February 9, 2021 "BUSINESS BUZZ: Michael Saunders marks 45th anniversary, record 2020 sales" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
WBTT provided musical interludes during virtual event
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/business/2021/02/09/business-buzz-michael-saunders-celebrates-3-49-billion-sales-2020/4441951001/

February 7, 2021 "WBTT returns to live performances with ‘Light Up the Night!’" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2021/02/07/wbtt-returns-to-live-performances-with-light-up-the-night-95324

February 6, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe resumes outdoor concerts in Sarasota" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/02/06/westcoast-black-theatre-resumes-outdoor-concert-after-covid-outbreak/4406617001/

February 1, 2021 "Longboat Key Education Center celebrates 35th anniversary" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/local/2021/02/01/longboat-key-education-center-celebrates-35th-anniversary/4311936001/