A rousing dance number from Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was founded in December 1999, as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission has always been to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African American experience, attracts diverse audiences, supports and develops African American artists, and builds the self-esteem of African American youth.

Tax-deductible gifts from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations underwrite WBTT's annual operating budget. Your support helps to keep tickets affordable as well as provides funds to mentor new local talent and to develop high-quality productions. In addition, your gifts allow us to offer theater experiences to an underserved population.

If you believe in the purpose of our mission, then we hope you will support us financially to ensure our mission is achieved.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity and Inclusion are core values for Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and we operate under the concept that being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences and perspectives in all-encompassing terms. It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, religion or lack thereof, age, economic class, educational level, language, immigration status, physical mobility and ability, and marital and parental status.

Commitment to Accessibility

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to people with disabilities. All the pages on our website meet W3C WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, Level AA conformance. Please view our website Accessibility Statement to learn more. Report any issues to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941-366-1505.

Barrier-free access to our theatre and our adjacent Education and Outreach Building is available via wheelchair ramps. Our extensive theatre building renovation, completed in 2020, includes an accessible entrance, ample open space for wheelchairs in the front rows of our theatre, and accessible bathroom stalls.

In our theatre, we feature an FM Assistive Listening System that works with or without a T-coil setting in hearing aids. The system and easy instructions are available on request in the lobby of our theatre.

Beginning with our 2020-2021 Season — thanks to a generous grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation CCDHHE Endowment Fund — one Sunday matinee performance of each production will be accompanied by Live Captions so patrons can read dialog and song lyrics as they are spoken or sung. Each Live Captioned performance will also feature a Talk-Back discussion of the show. Tickets to these Live Captioned performances are available in a subscription series or by individual ticket purchases, subject to availability.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment and casting, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services to our patrons and students. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our staff, patrons, students, volunteers, subcontractors and vendors.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.