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.

Reading of powerful play – which recently began a one-month run on Broadway – by Dominique Morisseau will be presented on WBTT’s Rooftop Terrace on February 26

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe continues its celebration of Black History Month with a staged reading of Dominique Morisseau’s powerful play, “Skeleton Crew.” The reading, presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. will take place at WBTT on February 26 at 4 p.m.

The Bay Park to host a public performance of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s touring education program

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is celebrating Black History Month with a free performance of “Jazzlinks: Songs and Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” outdoors at The Bay on February 17. The Jazzlinks touring education program – a collaboration of WBTT, the Jazz Club of Sarasota and Sarasota County Schools – is an integrated arts experience presented at all Sarasota County high schools to help illustrate, through music and theatre, the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will receive $50,000, with the National Endowment for the Arts recommendation for American Rescue Plan funding

SARASOTA, FL - Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); these grants are intended to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. WBTT is recommended to receive $50,000 over the next two years, which it will use to support artistic team salaries.