Broadway musical, set in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, is written by Tony/Pulitzer/Academy Award-winner Tony Kushner

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to open its subscription season – and present the very first production in its newly renovated theater – with the Broadway musical, “Caroline, or Change.” The show, which ran on and off-Broadway as well as in London, features book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and score by Jeanine Tesori.

Spirited holiday offering to feature the season's favorites plus long-lost treasures from the biggest stars of Motown

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe invites the community to ring in the holidays with its exuberant musical revue, “A Motown Christmas.” The production was created by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs and had its world premiere in 2015, with a repeat performance in 2017. The show features some favorite traditional carols as well as many original Christmas songs written and recorded by Motown's most celebrated artists, such as The Jackson 5, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

New program geared toward theater lovers who don’t like to go to shows alone

SARASOTA, FL – For its 20th anniversary season in 2020, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is introducing something new: the Single Ticket Club. This program offers "the hottest ticket in town" for theater lovers who don't have anyone to attend shows with and don’t like to go alone.

Evening of entertainment to feature WBTT founders and most popular artists, RCA recording artists Next Town Down, and honors for dedicated supporters

SARASOTA, FL – On November 18, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is kicking off its 20th year as a renowned Sarasota arts organization in dramatic fashion, with Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now! WBTT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. The high-energy event will offer sensational entertainment featuring WBTT founding members Apphia Campbell, Jnana Cooper, Henry Porter, II, Tsadok Porter and Teresa Stanley, plus WBTT’s most popular artists and the sizzling WBTT house band, led by Resident Music Director Jay Dodge. 

‘American Roots: The Gospel Experience’ to explore the rich tradition of black gospel music

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale are coming together for an exuberant collaboration with American Roots: The Gospel Experience. The arts organizations will explore the rich tradition of black gospel music in America through three performances at churches in Sarasota and Venice in October.

Students involved with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe programs earn funds toward artistic education and training

SARASOTA, FL - Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to announce it has awarded scholarships to deserving students through its new scholarship program. Four up-and-coming artists were each presented with $1,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the arts or arts management for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s ‘Heart & Soul’ capital campaign funded through Department of State’s 2019-2020 Cultural Facilities Program

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has been awarded $500,000 in support of its Heart & Soul capital campaign. The funding came from the Department of State's 2019-2020 Cultural Facilities Program – which provides matching grants to support capital projects for cultural facilities in Florida – part of the recently signed state budget.
The Heart & Soul campaign has provided the funds to renovate the Binz Building on WBTT's Orange Avenue campus;