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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[PREVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe sees 'Purple' for season opening musical" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/10/09/westcoast-troupe-sees-purple-for-season-opening-musical/

[PREVIEW] "Musical 'The Color Purple' opens in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/local-events/article39049719.html

[FEATURE] "Arts: A building block of the cultural coast" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://90th.heraldtribune.com/2015/10/01/arts-a-building-block-of-cultural-coast/

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: The Color Purple, October 14-November 21, 2015" - Don Britt, don411.com
http://don411.com/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-the-color-purple-october-14-november-21-2015/#.ViDjFX6rTRY

Weekend Insider Eblast - Sarasota Magazine
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[TV] "Suncoast View one-year anniversary celebration" - WWSB ABC 7
WBTT artists perform a special song on the anniversary show
http://www.mysuncoast.com/videos/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11832460

[NEWS] "Names and Faces" - Bradenton Herald
The announcement of Julie's hiring as executive director
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/09/07/5977971_names-and-faces.html?rh=1

[NEWS] Biz(941) Daily
The announcement of Julie's hiring as executive director
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=90b255b20087b1d87f7762948&id=378e85cf32&e=d884d5c92f

[OPINION] "The August Wison Center needs a black theater troupe" - Letter to the editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/09/01/The-August-Wilson-Center-needs-a-black-theater-troupe/stories/201508310180

[NEWS] "Westcoast Troupe hires Julie Leach as permanent executive" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/09/04/westcoast-troupe-hires-julie-leach-as-permanent-executive/

[SEASON WRAP-UP] "2014-2015, a Season Remembrance" - Bill Oser, Talkin' Broadway
http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/wfla/

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: Live music adds soul to a show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/08/22/behind-the-scenes-live-music-adds-soul-to-a-show/

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe names Julie Leach new executive director" - Nick Friedman, The Observer
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-names-julie-leach-new-executive-director