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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December 29, 2021 "WBTT Cancels Remainder of 'Joyful! Joyful!' Show" - SRQ Magazine
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2021-12-29/18599_WBTT-Cancels-Remainder-of-Joyful-Joyful-Show

December 28, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe cancels last 3 ‘Joyful! Joyful!’ performances" - Sam Sachs, WFLA Channel 8
https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-cancels-last-3-joyful-joyful-performances/

December 26, 2021 "Top 10 arts stories for Sarasota-Manatee in 2021" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://news.yahoo.com/top-10-arts-stories-sarasota-113004047.html

December 21, 2021 "Photos: First Look at the Cast of WBTT's World Premiere Musical RUBY" - Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/Photos-First-Look-at-the-Cast-of-WBTTs-World-Premiere-Musical-RUBY-20211221

December 19, 2021 "For This Theater Leader, a Mission That Goes Beyond the Stage" - Bob Morris, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/15/theater/westcoast-theater-sarasota-nate-jacobs.htm

December 14, 2021 "Triumphant 'Joyful! Joyful!' heralds the joy of holiday season" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/triumphant-joyful%21-joyful%21-heralds-the-joy-of-holiday-season

December 11, 2021 "WBTT holiday show is 'Joyful!' on steroids" - Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier Sun
https://www.yoursun.com/venice/news/wbtt-holiday-show-is-joyful-on-steroids/article_a52a4498-58f3-11ec-8e57-df94eb277774.html

December 11, 2021 "Arts organizations benefit from Barancik Foundation grants" - Spencer Fordin, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/arts-organizations-benefit-from-barancik-foundation-grants

December 11, 2021 "WBTT's Education Program To Expand With Support From Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation" - Stephi Wild, Broadway World Sarasota
https://www.broadwayworld.com/sarasota/article/WBTTs-Education-Program-To-Expand-With-Support-From-Charles-Margery-Barancik-Foundation-20211210

December 10, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Education Program Is Expanding After Foundation Support" - Times News Express (Atlanta)
https://timesnewsexpress.com/news/newsusa/atlanta/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-education-program-is-expanding-after-foundation-support/

December 6, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s 'A Night at the Savoy'" - Janet Combs, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/picture-gallery/lifestyle/2021/12/06/westcoast-black-theatre-troupes-a-night-savoy/8890087002/

December 6, 2021 "Photos: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s ‘A Night at the Savoy’" - Lori Sax, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/wbbt-a-night-at-the-savoy

December 5, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe enjoys a Night at the Savoy" - Harry Sayer, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-enjoys-a-night-at-the-savoy

December 5, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Gets Joyful! Joyful! for the Holidays" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/arts-and-entertainment/2021/12/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-gets-em-joyful-joyful-em-for-the-holidays

December 3, 2021 "Westcoast Black Theatre makes audiences ‘Joyful’ in new holiday show" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/entertainment/theater/2021/12/03/westcoast-black-theatre-in-sarasota-raises-spirits-joyful-holiday-revue/8839441002/