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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[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe making major renovations" - Emily Kinzer, ABC 7
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/05/14/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-making-major-renovations/

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates construction on new theater" - Niki Kottmann, The Observer
https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-celebrates-construction-on-new-theater

[NEWS] "Arts organizations waiting on Governor's signature" Samantha Sonner, SNN News
Includes an interview with Nate and footage from theater groundbreaking event
https://www.snntv.com/story/40474875/arts-organizations-waiting-on-governors-signature

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates construction on new theater" - Niki Kottmann, The Observer
https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-celebrates-construction-on-new-theater#photo-1

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Teases New Space at Groundbreaking Ceremony" - Giulia Heyward, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/15/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-groundbreaking

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre leads an outdoor ‘Soul Party’ at Ed Smith Stadium" - Tom Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190512/westcoast-black-theatre-leads-outdoor-soul-party-at-ed-smith-stadium

[EVENTS] "Your Top 5 Things To Do: May 16-22" - Ilene Denton, Sarasota Magazine
'70s Soul Party is the lead item
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/16/your-top-5-things-to-do-may-16-22

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Receives $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant" - Sarasota Magazine (Megan McDonald, Daily)
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/15/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-receives-15-000-national-endowment-for-the-arts-grant

[AWARDS] "Best of Sarasota 2019: Readers' Choice Awards" - Sarasota Magazine
WBTT takes top honors for "Best Performing Arts Group"
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/1/best-of-sarasota-2019-readers-choice

[AWARDS] "Best of Sarasota 2019: Editors' Choice Awards" - Sarasota Magazine
WBTT takes top honors for "Best Best New Arts Party Space"
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/4/30/our-editors-picks-for-the-best-new-restaurants-shopping-and-services-in-2019

[AWARDS] "2019 Best of SRQ Local" - SRQ Magazine
WBTT is a Gold winner (2nd place) in Best Performing Arts Group and "Marvin Gaye" is a Bronze winner (tie for 4th) for Best Musical/Play
https://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/1160/The-Retro-90s-Edition-of-the-Best-of-SRQ-Local

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe earns $15,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)" - Accolades, Visit Sarasota
https://www.visitsarasota.com/information/accolades

[TV] "Suncoast FYI: 'Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer'" - Suncoast FYI, SNN
Nate and Katt Heffner discuss the upcoming tribute to Summer at the Manatee Performing Arts Center
https://youtu.be/boSMScWHXJg