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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[REVIEW] "A vibrant 'Jazz Hot Mamas' stirs joy at Westcoast Troupe" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Highlight quote: "Four distinctive and powerhouse singers join together in a thrilling style in the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's new musical revue 'Jazz Hot Mamas.'"

[LIVE APPEARANCE] Teresa Stanley appears on "Suncoast View"
Go to 44:17 for the beginning of Teresa's segment

[LIVE APPEARANCE] Michael Mendez, Nate Jacobs appear on "Suncoast View"
Go to 44:45 for Nate and Michael

[PREVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe salutes classic singers in 'Jazz Hot Mamas'" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[NEWS] "Modern Pentathlon: A Marriage of Arts and Athleticism" - SRQ Daily
WBTT one of 6 arts groups asked to perform in closing ceremonies on Feb. 22

[FEATURE] "The radical ideas of Sarasota" - Robert Fulford, National Post
Highlight quote: "In some ways the most remarkable performance organization, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, stages plays and revues grounded in African-American culture."

[PREVIEW] "'Color Purple' and 'Ma Rainey' on Westcoast Troupe's 2015-16 schedule" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[PREVIEW] "Sarasota revue salutes women of jazz" - Bradenton Herald

[CALENDAR] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'Jazz Hot Mamas' - Bobbilynn Hollifield, Sarasota Magazine

[FEATURE] "Michael Mendez - radio interview" - Lynne Bernfield, The Lynne Show
Lynne talks to Michael about his journey from a boy who just loved to sing to a "23 year old aspiring artist who is making a living with his art."
Pod cast available at

NEWS "Wall Street Journal highlights Westcoast Troupe production" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jay Handelman
A report on our recent glowing review in the Wall Street Journal.