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] "Melba Moore to perform for Westcoast Troupe gala" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe names new board chair, board member" - Tampa Bay Newswire

[NEWS] "WBTT Names New Board Chair, Board Member" - Biz(941) Daily

[CALENDAR] WBTT gala listing (toward end of page)

[REVIEW] "WBTT's The Color Purple" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "On WBTT’s intimate stage, the large ensemble cast moves through fights, celebrations and a journey to Africa convincingly, backed by sure music direction by John Bronston, so that the tale of Celie’s transformation plays out in an emotionally satisfying way."

[REVIEW] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's production stands tall" - Marty Fugate, The Observer
Highlight quote: "A huge cast puts it all together with strong performances, great singing and heart."

[INTERVIEW] "Interview with James Harkness of The Color Purple Part I" - Lynne Bernfield, The Lynne Show

[PREVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe sees 'Purple' for season opening musical" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[PREVIEW] "Musical 'The Color Purple' opens in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[FEATURE] "Arts: A building block of the cultural coast" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: The Color Purple, October 14-November 21, 2015" - Don Britt,

Weekend Insider Eblast - Sarasota Magazine
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[TV] "Suncoast View one-year anniversary celebration" - WWSB ABC 7
WBTT artists perform a special song on the anniversary show