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 WBTT’s Stage of Discovery Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program, 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. In most years, the program culminates in 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.

Students performing during Stage of Discovery

Summer 2020 Program

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida, we are holding our 2020 Stage of Discovery summer musical intensive program (July 13-August 8) as a virtual experience. Teachers will instruct and mentor students in musical theatre disciplines via live online video lessons. The virtual lessons will help students develop skills such as learning via online instruction, being comfortable on camera and preparing video auditions. We will videotape an outdoor performance at the end of the program (with social distancing in place) to share online with parents, friends, generous donors to the Stage of Discovery program and all WBTT fans and supporters. We plan to return to the traditional in-person camp experience next summer, culminating in a live musical starring the students and staged in our theatre.

How to Audition for Stage of Discovery

Auditions are now closed for the 2020 summer program. We will be getting the word out about our 2021 summer session in the spring of 2021.

Praise for Stage of Discovery

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe launched the Stage of Discovery program in the summer of 2016. Parents and students alike give the experience rave reviews!

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."


Stage of Discovery Camp

Stage of Discovery Performance