Students performing during Stage of Discovery

An important part of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s mission is to continually help underserved youth develop their artistic skills and their self-confidence.

In the summer of 2016, WBTT piloted a new musical theatre intensive program, Stage of Discovery.

Testimonials tout the success of the pilot program.

Parents said:

“Words cannot express the appreciation I feel for the positive reinforcement, support, and love (yes, love), you all conveyed to my daughter.”

"WBTT has been an amazing influence on Mya's artistic journey. We are forever indebted."

“Mr. Jacobs has the gift of nurturing talent that kids don’t know they have.”

Students said:

"My favorite part was the inspiration and encouragement all students received from each and every teacher. It truly taught me how to be bold and how to work hard."

"I loved getting to know everyone and getting to be surrounded by so much talent. I have never been around people who work so hard."

"My favorite part was getting to develop myself and meet new people."

"I loved dancing and also learning so much about acting and singing."

At Stage of Discovery, a limited number of students ages 13-18 have the opportunity to be coached in acting, singing, dancing, and improvisation by creative professionals in the field. They also gain behind-the-scenes experience with set and costume design. The program culminates with a public performance of an exciting musical.

Stage of Discovery is intense, focused, and fun. It’s designed for youth who are serious about developing their artistic talents. An audition is required.

 This year Stage of Discovery will run June 10-July 14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with a public performance on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors, the summer intensive has been underwritten and is free for attendees.

Lunch is provided during the camp days for a one-time $50 fee. Students may choose to bring their own lunch in lieu of the fee.

Each camp day will also have an extended session until 5:00 p.m. for those participating youth who would like to further explore their talents in the visual arts, prop making, and costuming at a cost of $25 per week for materials.

For more information about Stage of Discovery, contact Travis Ray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941-404-7801.


Stage of Discovery Camp

Stage of Discovery Performance