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"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Black Nativity" (REVIEW)
- Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine


Radio interview with "Knock Me A Kiss" director Chuck Smith - Steve McAllister, "Renaissance SRQ"


7 things to do this weekend on the Suncoast - WWSB ABC 7
"Black Nativity" mentioned as being in its final weekend - we were item #5.


"The Season On Stage" - Philip Lederer, SRQ Daily

"Arts highlights of the year" - Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Arts writer Carrie Seidman compiled responses from the area's arts organizations about what they felt were their own highlights of the year.


"2014's most memorable moments for Arts staff and critics" - Jay Handelman et al, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Theater critic Jay Handelman leads off with WBTT's 15th Anniversary Celebration.


FEATURE Biz(941) "Champions of Diversity"
Nate Jacobs receives prestigious "Unity Award"


CALENDAR LISTING "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Schedule of Events"


NEWS RELEASE "Local leaders on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Nate is quoted on the importance of MLK's legacy, remembrance events
(Slide 5 is Nate) -

NEWS RELEASE "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates Black History Month with 'WBTT Voices' program" - PowerBroker Magazine

NEWS RELEASE "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe celebrates Black History Month with ‘WBTT Voices – A Community Conversation: A Vision of Equality'" -

REVIEW "'Knock Me A Kiss' is another winner at the Westcoast Black Theater (sic)" -, Bonnie Silvestri
Highlight quote: "Within minutes, "Knock Me A Kiss," currently playing at the West Coast Black Theatre Company, will have you captivated."

(NEW RELEASE) "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe hosting civil rights discussion panel" - Nick Reichert, The Observer

REVIEW "Knock Me a Kiss" - Talkin' Broadway, Bill Oser
Highlight quote: "I have said it before and I will say it again, top notch performances from an entire cast always come from a fine director. Chuck Smith has lived with this play for 15 years now and knows it inside out—but nothing about his work suggests boredom."