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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August 25, 2022 "Key Chorale collaborates with varied musical partners in new season" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/music/2022/08/25/sarasotas-key-chorale-builds-season-around-collaborations/10218121002/

August 23, 2022 "Local Black-led nonprofit organizations join national Give 8/28 philanthropy event" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/2022/08/23/national-give-8-28-philanthropy-event-benefits-black-led-nonprofits/7835331001/

August 18, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe shows off on the national stage" - Suncoast View, WWSB ABC7
https://www.mysuncoast.com/video/2022/08/18/west-coast-black-theatre-troupe-shows-off-national-stage-suncoast-view/

August 18, 2022 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe awards 8 artist scholarships" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/2021/08/08/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-awards-8-artist-scholarships/5484998001/

August 4, 2022 "Coming to a STAGE NEAR YOU" - Naples Florida Weekly
Several of WBTT's 2022-2023 productions are highlighted
https://naples.floridaweekly.com/articles/coming-to-a-stage-near-you/

July 29, 2022 "Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $40,000 Arts Appreciation Grant" - Scene Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/gulf-coast-community-foundation-awards-40000-arts-appreciation-grant/

July 28, 2022 "Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $40,000 Arts Appreciation Grant To Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe" - Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/Gulf-Coast-Community-Foundation-Awards-40000-Arts-Appreciation-Grant-To-Westcoast-Black-Theatre-Troupe-20220728

July 26, 2022 "Sarasota's WBTT rides a soul wave back to National Black Theatre Festival" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Front-page coverage!
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/theater/2022/07/26/sarasota-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-brings-soul-national-festival-florida/10106136002/

July 18, 2022 "Local students showcase talent during WBTT Stage of Discovery" - Eric Wilson, WWSB ABC7
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2022/07/18/local-students-showcase-talent-during-wbtt-stage-discovery/

July 15, 2022 "WBTT summer camp kids to showcase skills in weekend show" - Annette Gutierrez, SNN News
https://www.snntv.com/story/46882559/wbtt-summer-camp-kids-to-showcase-skills-in-show-this-weekend

July 14, 2022 "Sarasota teens set to perform in 'We Dream' musical on July 16" - Adaure Achumba, 10 Tampa Bay
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/sarasotacounty/sarasota-we-dream-musical/67-3d40893e-3401-449a-9cdd-ddaffa4936ad

July 13, 2022 "Suncoast Culture Club podcast" - Robyn Bell, Suncoast Culture Club
Jim Weaver and Stage of Discovery alumna / camp staffer Astrid Victoria are interviewed
https://www.suncoastcultureclub.com/stageofdiscovery/

July 8, 2022 "Developing Dreams" - Dylan Campbell, SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2022-07-08/19730_Developing-Dreams

July 7, 2022 "Tickets now on sale for WBTT’s ‘Stage of Discovery’ student show" - Tempo News
Front-page takeover!
https://temponews.suncoastpress.com/scp/tnw-070622/flipbook/0/

July 6, 2022 "WBTT’s Stage of Discovery Students Present New Original Musical" - SCENE Magazine
http://www.scenesarasota.com/magazine/wbtts-stage-of-discovery-students-present-new-original-musical/