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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July 28, 2021 "WBTT Presents Eighth Season of its Young Artist Program" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/wbtt-presents-eighth-season-of-its-young-artist-program/

July 26, 2021 "WBTT's New Young Artist Program Season Opens with Astrid Victoria" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTTs-New-Young-Artist-Program-Season-Opens-with-Astrid-Victoria-20210726

July 15, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe holding teen performances this weekend" - Emily Kinzer, WWSB ABC 7
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2021/07/15/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-holding-teen-performances-this-weekend/

July 15, 2021 "NOTES ON THE ARTS - July 15, 2021" - Charlotte Florida Weekly
News brief on WBTT's membership in the National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners is included
https://charlottecounty.floridaweekly.com/articles/notes-on-the-arts-168/

July 11, 2021 "Local artists get a showcase in Venice Theatre Summer Cabaret Festival" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Ariel Blue and Syreeta S. Banks are performing in the festival
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/07/11/local-artists-get-showcase-venice-theatre-summer-cabaret-festival/7839595002/

July 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe announces 2021-2022 season" - Tempo News
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-070821/flipbook/2/

July 7, 2021 "WBTT Camp Students Present Musical Performance" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/wbtts-camp-students-present-musical-performance/

June 24, 2021 "Westcoast Theater’s ‘In the Heights’ star worries colorism debate will tarnish film" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Michael Mendez is interviewed
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/24/colorism-debate-tarnishes-westcoast-theatre-in-the-heights-production-westcoast-black-theatre-fla/5310235001/

June 24, 2021 "Opinion: Colorful ‘In the Heights’ attacked for colorism" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/24/opinion-colorful-in-heights-attacked-colorism/5304883001/

June 19, 2021 "Movie ends filming in Venice" - Morgan Simpson, Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/movie-ends-filming-in-venice/article_076789ca-cd41-11eb-848a-4fae6ba3aba9.html

June 18, 2021 "Soul Sensations & Friends Support WBTT with Special Event" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/soul-sensations-friends-support-wbtt-with-special-event-2/

June 16, 2021 "7 Theatres Form National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners" - American Theatre Magazine
https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/06/15/7-theatres-form-national-association-of-black-theatre-building-owners/

June 12, 2021 "The Future of the Arts" - Gulf Coast Community Foundation's video series
Nate and Debra are interviewed
https://bit.ly/3xh8sPs

June 9, 2021 "Southwest Florida theaters announce 2021-2022 seasons" - Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
https://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/southwest-florida-theaters-announce-2021-2022-seasons/

June 8, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Names New Trustee" - Tampa Bay Newswire
https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2021/06/08/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-names-new-trustee-98623