The Dream


The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was founded in 1999, as not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and for many years performed in a variety of spaces available, but we dreamed of having a theatre of our own. In 2010 we rented a large warehouse building that was temporarily transformed into our theatre. Three years later, WBTT’s dream of a permanent home came true when we were able to buy that warehouse building as well as the entire 2½-acre site it sat on containing the historic Binz building and associated parking areas. The days of itinerancy were over.

Since then, we have grown exponentially—more shows, more sold-out performances, and many more education outreach programs. However, WBTT is fast reaching the limitations of our current facilities.

So we’re dreaming again—turning the site into a cohesive, state-of-the-art theatre arts center that supports first-class artistic productions and education programs.

Since we launched the Heart & Soul Capital Campaign in November 2016, many generous donors have stepped forward to help keep the dream alive. We have raised $7.7 million of our $8 million campaign goal and completed Phase One by renovating our Education and Outreach Building. In May 2019, at the end of our 2018-2019 season, we began renovating the theatre. It will reopen in January 2020 as the Gerri Aaron and the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building—but we need your help to finish the job and complete the dream. Many more naming opportunities remain! For more information, call Julie Leach, 941.366.1505, Ext. 103.

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