WBTT presents ‘Unbreakable: An Evening with Jnana Wilson Cooper’ at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe on June 13

SARASOTA, FL – For Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe founding member Jnana Cooper, her life’s journey hasn’t always been smooth. But she has come out the other end stronger and, to celebrate, she will return to WBTT – where her professional artistic journey began – and perform in a special concert presentation on June 13 titled “Unbreakable: An Evening with Jnana Wilson Cooper.”

Delmark recording artist returns to Sarasota to bring the blues to WBTT on June 11

SARASOTA, FL – The Jose Ramirez Band will bring its steamy and passionate brand of the blues to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for one night only, returning to WBTT’s stage after its September 2021 concert here. A 2021 Blues Music Awards nominee for Best Emerging Artist Album, Ramirez earned second place in the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis after advancing to the semi-finals against over 230 bands from around the world. He has played at legendary venues around the world, including Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where Buddy Guy himself joined him on stage.

Frequent WBTT performer presents ‘SH!NE,’ showcasing original music as well as songs and artists who have inspired his journey

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present the ninth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows. WBTT’s first Young Artist showcase of the 2021-2022 season features singer/dancer/actor Derric Gobourne Jr. in a presentation titled “SH!NE.” The showcase will take place Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Two world-premiere one-act plays – paying tribute to Nell Carter and Muhammad Ali – to be presented together under the auspices of WBTT’s New Playwrights Series

SARASOTA, FL –Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to close its 2021-2022 season with two world-premiere one-act plays, under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. These plays, “From Birmingham To Broadway” and “Float Like A Butterfly,” will be presented together May 4-29.

Theatre season to feature ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Flyin’ West,’ ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue,’ and holiday show, ‘Black Nativity’

SARASOTA, FL – In its 23rd season, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will explore the struggles and triumphs of people who sought to realize their own version of the American Dream. Whether their dreams came true or were deferred, their stories make for compelling, can’t-miss shows on the WBTT stage.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s annual spring fundraiser to feature tribute to Black country artists, delicious down-home dinner

SARASOTA, FL – For more than a decade, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe offered the lively and music-filled fundraiser, the April Fools Fête, in the ballroom at Michael’s On East. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the event was presented virtually and, in 2021, WBTT presented the event to a smaller crowd outdoors on its campus. This year, the popular arts organization is thrilled to be back at Michael’s On East for a country-themed celebration on April 4.

Musical revue created, adapted and directed by Nate Jacobs to feature decades of Broadway’s greatest hits

SARASOTA, FL – Back by popular demand – from its world-premiere run during the summer of 2017 – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents “Broadway in Black,” updated for 2022. In this musical revue created and adapted by WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, WBTT will salute Broadway musicals with songs that span decades and a wide variety of musical styles that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

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