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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was founded in December 1999, as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission has always been to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African American experience, attracts diverse audiences, supports and develops African American artists, and builds the self-esteem of African American youth. develops artists and builds the self-esteem of African American youth.

NATE JACOBS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
westcoastblacktheatre.org 941-366-1505
2020–2021
Nate Jacobs in
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now:
WBTT’s 20th Anniversary
Celebration
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 19, 2019
Sorcha Augustine Photography
WELCOME TO OUR 21st SEASON
W
elcome to an unusual season in a very unusual time.
In January 2020, we were thrilled to open the newly
renovated and renamed Gerri Aaron & the Aaron
Family Foundation Theatre Building and stage our first show in
the Donelly Theatre — Caroline, or Change. Just a few months
later, in mid-March, we had to shut down before the end of the
scheduled run of our second show, Your Arms Too Short to Box
with God, due to the coronavirus.
Of course we were disappointed, as we joined theatres
around the nation and throughout the world in an unplanned
“intermission” of unpredictable length. But, as we have done at
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe throughout our two decades of
history, we persevered.
Now — with safety measures in place to protect you, our patrons,
as well as our performers, creative team and sta — we are
pleased to begin live performances again. For starters, and for
the foreseeable future, we will be performing outdoors on our
campus in Light Up the Night: An Open-Air Concert Series. Our
first and future concerts in the series will feature some of our
most popular artists. We hope to introduce you to some new
faces we think will become fan favorites as well.
Instead of mingling in our lobby, you and your fellow WBTT
patrons will report to our outdoor box oce for temperature
checks. Masks and social distancing will also be part of the
experience. Even this playbill is dierent — we won’t be printing
them for the time being; they will be accessed on your phone or
other devices instead of being touched by sta and patrons.
We know all these necessary steps won’t dampen your
enthusiasm for the high-energy performances you’ll come to
see, as always. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll keep you
informed by emails and our website about concertsand cabarets
we’re presenting in our Open-Air Concert Series and our
virtual oerings, because things are changing quickly in these
challenging times. What will never change is our unwavering
commitment to bringing you the best professional theatre
experiences we can oer you. Thank you for supporting WBTT,
now more than ever!
Nate Jacobs
Founder & Artistic Director
WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Hon. Dennis Archer
Lynne Bernfield
Dr. Francine Brown
Frank Brunckhorst
Michael Bush
Judy Cuppy
Kim Davis
Donnie Diamond
Donna Dooley
Jenni Engleman
Robert Gaglio
Gypsy Gallardo
Richard Gerrity
David Goldman, Esq.
Ron Greenbaum
Doris Johnson, Chair
Marian Moss, Vice Chair
Cheryl Anderson, Treasurer
Mike Rosario, Secretary
Marvin Albert
Ali Bahaj
Chris Caswell, Esq.
Kitty Cranor
Michael Gardiner
Sy Goldblatt
Dr. Jaih Jackson
Penelope Kingman
Margie Nellum Lee
Dr. John Maupin
Howard Millman
Dr. Randall Morgan
Mona Rankin
Dona Scott
Eva T. Slane
Lois Watson
HONORARY TRUSTEES
Andrew Economos
June Gordon
Mary Ann Robinson
ADVISORY BOARD
Steven Krause, Co-Chair
Margie Nellum Lee, Co-Chair
Howard Harris
Charlie Huisking
Tomeika Hunter-Koski
Amb. Jeanette Hyde
Jerry Kaplan
J.P. Knaggs
Lynne Koy
Joyce Locklear
Kaveecia Moore
Hector Muniz
Andi Munzer
Vickie Oldham
Debbie Partridge
William Partridge, Esq.
Richard Perlman
Ann Hobson Pilot
Prentice Pilot
Lauri Pollack
David Shapiro, Esq.
Jeremy Shelby
Ken Shelin
Edna Sherrell
Barbara Shirley
Teresa Simmons
Marty Tael
Sheila Weiss
Hon. Charles E. Williams
Victor Young
Barbara A. Zdravecky
AMBASSADORS
Christine Jennings
Jackie Woods
CO-SPONSORS
Ali & Gloria Bahaj
Phil Baker & Steve Graham
Miles & Barbara Capron
Liza & Carl Caruso
Elaine & Dave Charney
Amb. Jeanette Hyde
& Christine Jennings
David Kotok
& Christine Schlesinger
Patrick T. & Mary M. Mulva
Sarasota Magazine
Betsey Sublette
OCTOBER 9–NOVEMBER 1, 2020
PRESENTING SPONSORS
Dr. Phil & Suzan Gaynes
Rose Marie Proietti
LEADING SPONSORS
Nancy & Tom Flanagan
Mike & Karen Gardiner
Shelley & Sy Goldblatt
Pat Kordis
Linda Steinberger
Light up the
WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE
IN ASSOCIATION WITH NATE JACOBS PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS
Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development
Tax Revenues. This project is sponsored in part by the
Department of State, Division of Cultural Aairs, the Florida
Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.
CREATED & DIRECTED BY NATE JACOBS
Ariel Blue
Development and
Artist Relations Associate
Annette Breazeale
Properties Designer
James “Jay” Dodge II
Production Manager/Music Director
Scott Ferguson
Marketing and Communications Director
Debra Flynt-Garrett
Development Director
Donald Frison
Choreographer
Robert Grant
Finance Manager
Gerald Law
Facilities Custodian
Myllanna McKinnon
House Manager
Michael Mendez
Production Assistant/
Assistant to the Artistic Director
Eleanor Miller
Box Oce Manager
Juanita Munford
Production Stage Manager
WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE TEAM
Michael Pasquini
Resident Lighting Designer
Adrienne Pitts
Wardrobe Manager
Travis Ray
Associate Managing Director
Patrick Russini
Sound Engineer
Shane Streight
Technical Director
Brennan Stylez
Assistant Music Director
Sorcha Augustine
Photographer
Paula Murray, Artefact Design
Graphic Design
Sharon Kunkel,
Wordslinger Marketing & PR
Media Relations
Denise Roberts
Grants Consultant
Bill Wagy Productions
Videographer
Nate Jacobs
Founder & Artistic Director
Julie Leach
Executive Director
LOOKING FORWARD TO
bringing up the lights
IN OUR THEATRE AGAIN!
westcoastblacktheatre.org
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WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, troupe members and Stage of
Discovery students celebrate the grand opening of the Gerri Aaron & the Aaron
Family Foundation Theatre Building, Feb. 10, 2020. Photo by Sorcha Augustine
FOUNDERS
$50,000+
The 2020 Giving Challenge & The
Community Foundation of Sarasota
County, The Patterson Foundation &
over 500 individual donors
Anonymous
Brunckhorst Family*
Enthusiastic Friends of WBTT
Shelley & Sy Goldblatt*
Gulf Coast Community Foundation*
The Patterson Foundation*
Dona & Sam Scott Foundation
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
$20,000–$49,999
Community Foundation of Sarasota
County*
Kitty & John Cranor*
Brock & Julie Leach*
Sarasota Magazine*
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
$10,000–$19,999
Cheryl Anderson & Mike Springer &
Executive Accounting Solutions*
Ali & Gloria Bahaj*
Tom & Carol Beeler
Robert Blattberg &
Rebecca Donelson
Jerome & Cynthia Davis
Robert E. Dods Family Foundation*
Tom & Nancy Flanagan*
Mike & Karen Gardiner*
Suzan & Phil Gaynes*
Marilyn & James Heskett*
Nancy & Roger Hitchcock
Sheila Jellison
Pat Kordis
David Kotok & Cumberland Advisors*
David Kotok & Christine Schlesinger*
Abbie Kurland in Memory of
Alan Kurland
Howard Millman & Carolyn Michel*
Marian Moss*
Park Foundation
Rose Marie Proietti
Glenn & Jackie Tilton
SEASON SPONSORS
Thank you to our family of donors for supporting
WBTT’s 2020–2021 Season.
Includes Visionary Circle Donors, Production Sponsors, and Event Sponsors
Contributions received from January 1, 2020
through September 30, 2020
*Denotes 5 years or more of continuous
support
PLAYWRIGHTS
$5,000–$9,999
David & Suzanne Arch
Honorable Dennis W.
Archer & Honorable
Trudy DunCombe Archer*
Dr. Jody Beresford
Dr. Robert Mayer
Liza & Carl Caruso*
FCCI Insurance Group*
Ron & Rita Greenbaum*
Sidney & Mary Harris
Michele Hooper &
Lemuel Seabrook
The Huisking Foundation,
Inc.*
JD Productions
Donald & Doris Johnson*
William & Elizabeth
Johnston*
Jolan Foundation Corp.
Carolyn Keystone &
Jim Meekison*
Penelope Kingman*
The Koman Family
Virginia Lipton &
Frank Malickson*
Joan J. Mathews
Charitable Fund of
Gulf Coast Community
Foundation*
Marie McKee & Robert Cole
Linda Monda
Patrick & Mary Mulva
Daniel Nalven &
Barbara Jacobs-Nalven
Paige Petersen &
Curtis Jordan
Lee & Lydia Rainer
Rainers Grace Donor Fund
Ken Schneier &
Cynthia Craig
Robert & Teresa Simmons*
Willie & Rosa Stanfield*
Linda Steinberger*
Roland & Linda Thornton*
Suzanne Walter
Dr. Bernard & Lois Watson
& The William Penn
Foundation*
F. Joseph Wilson
DIRECTORS
$2,500–$4,999
Marvin Albert*
Ravi & Virginia Akhoury
Amazing WBTT
Supporters
Douglas & Carolyn
Anderson*
Artefact Design, Inc.*
Phil Baker &
Steve Graham
Richard Barrie
Donald H. & Barbara K.
Bernstein Family
Foundation
Jerry & Helga Bilik*
Janice Bolt
Murray Bring &
Kay Delaney*
Bruce & Elaine Burton*
Miles & Barbara Capron*
Al & Faye Castrucci
Chris & Patricia Caswell*
Dave & Elaine Charney*
Dr. Eldi & Denise
Deschamps
Anonymous
William & Sandra Farrow
Jim & Angela Freeman*
Gary & Bernice
Giscombe
Werner & Karen
Gundersheimer
Gail & Bob Hetler*
Amb. Jeanette Hyde*
Dr. Jaih & Kimberly
Jackson*
Judith Kahn*
Steven Kalt &
Robert Heeren*
Valda Kaye
James & Pauline Kennedy
Margie Nellum Lee*
The Lewis Foundation &
Sue Coyne*
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Mr. & Mrs. James McLane
Meadows Dental,
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& Zamora*
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Gloria Moss*
Bob & Andi Munzer*
Martha Murphy &
Kathy Holmok*
David & Francine
Newman
The Newman Family
Fund
Northern Trust*
Dorothy O’Brien &
Dick Antoine
Anonymous
John Michael Page &
Debra Flynt-Garrett
Patricia Potter
Andra & Irwin Press
Mona Rankin
Barbara Raphael*
Mike Rosario & RoseBay
International*
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and Jackie Woods
Skip & Gail Sack*
David J. Sales &
Pauline L. Wamsler
Dr. Bob & Beth Scheible
David Schwartz &
Nan Thompson
Eva T. Slane*
SouthTech
Susan Straus*
Elizabeth Sublette
Ray & Fran Taylor
Richard A. Walter
Dr. Ernest Werlin
Paul & Kathie
Westpheling
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Linda A. Fiorelli
Georgia Institute of
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In Honor of Charlayne
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Julia & Steve Goldberg
Larry Green &
Dorothy Libron-Green
Mark & Janet Hammer*
Joel Howard &
J. Tracy Tucker
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Amb. James Joseph &
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Darlene Kalada*
Marie & James Keeney
Carl Koenig &
Constance Sanders*
Richard & Marianne
Koerner
Lenny & Susan Landau*
Steve & Nancy Mayer
George & Janet Miles*
Peter & Sandra Morris*
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Oberndorf
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in Memory of Carol
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Mary Jo Reston*
Flori Roberts*
Robert Russell
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Barbara Ryder
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Shiver
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Michael & Mirian Weir
Ron & Geri Yonover
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DESIGNERS
$500–$999
Tony & Irene Britt
Susan Buck*
Neal Colton
Henry & Julie Danielson
Edward Eliasberg Jr.
The Leila & Steven M.
Gompertz Donor
Advised Fund in Memory
of Michael Gompertz*
Lorna Hard
Edward & Karen Hasler
Philip & Nancy Kotler
John & Joan Leach
Greg Leaming
Melvy Erman Lewis
William & Elaine
McClure*
Gunter & Anita Mrotzek
Pat Olesen
Alan & Sunny Pervil*
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Renee & Bill Stevens
Theodore Wagenaar
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Chuck & Sheila Weiss*
Gerald & Nancy Wright
SEASON SPONSORS
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STAGE HANDS
$35–$499
Francine Achbar
Deborah Adler
Amity Brothers Coee
“Providing Coee,
Creating Culture”
Peg Allen & Steve Dixon*
Constance Anderson*
Carol Arscott
Dr. Bruce Ballard
Kris Barry
Emil & Alice Beran*
Richard Belle &
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Carol Procter
Cynthia Bernardin
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Adrianne Cady
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Patricia Christiansen
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Carol Hartz
David & Anne Howard
Janis Ian
Dr. Jerey Jano
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Patricia & Thomas Jones
Junior League of
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Rock on Floors, Inc.
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Saltzman*
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Ronald & Gail
Schimelder
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Martin & David Martin
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Jim & Gay Vencill
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Dr. & Mrs. Paul Weiner
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Loni Zeichner
SEASON SPONSORS
$1,000,000 AND UP
Gerri Aaron & the Aaron
Family Foundation
Enthusiastic Friends of WBTT
$500,000–$999,999
Andrew and Judith Economos
State of Florida Division of
Cultural Aairs
Thank you to everyone who made our
Heart & Soul Campaign a success! Because of your
generosity, we exceeded our $8 million goal and
raised over $8.7 million! Your dollars have allowed us
to transform our campus into a cutting-edge theatre
arts center and to begin to build an endowment
that will ensure the long-term funding of our
facilities, programs and mission.
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
As of August 1, 2020
$250,000–$999,999
Steve & Terry Clark
Norbert & Ann Donelly
Shelley & Sy Goldblatt
Brock & Julie Leach
Howard Millman & Carolyn Michel
Edward D. and Anna Mitchell
Family Foundation
Frank Petralito
William G. & Marie Selby Foundation
Eva T. Slane
The WBTT Board of Trustees, Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and Executive Director
Julie Leach celebrate with members of Gerri Aaron’s family at the grand opening of the
Gerri Aaron & the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building, February 10, 2020
$100,000–$249,999
Ali & Gloria Bahaj
Brunckhorst Family
Kitty & John Cranor
The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation
Dr. Philip & Suzan Gaynes
Huisking Foundation
Elizabeth Moore
Drs. Joel and Gail Morganroth
Marian Moss
Jack & Priscilla Schlegel
Dona & Sam Scott Foundation
Paul Welch
Robert & Jean Zabelle
$50,000–$99,999
Clemmie & James Cash
Michael & Karen Gardiner
Giving Challenge 2018 (Community
Foundation of Sarasota County & The
Patterson Foundation)
Kenneth & Sarah Goldblatt
Alfred Goldstein &
Jean Weidner Goldstein
Marilyn & James Heskett
William & Elizabeth Johnston
Jay & Becky Kaiserman Foundation
Penelope Kingman
George Kole & Judy Zuckerberg
David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors
George & Janet Miles
Harry Sudako Foundation
Roberta L. Sudako Foundation
Dr. Bernard & Lois Watson
The Lee Wetherington Foundation
of the Community Foundation of
Sarasota County
The Wright Foundation
$25,000–$49,999
Douglas & Carolyn Anderson
Bankston Family Trust
Alfonso & Brenda Belsito
In Memory of Carol Poteat-Buchanan
and Carroll Buchanan from Black &
White Makes My Music Right
Abraham & Annette Cohen Foundation
Warren & Margot Coville
John & Geraldine Gibbs
Earl & Carolyn Glenn Foundation, Inc.
Burt & Liz Gold
Ron & Rita Greenbaum
Werner & Karen Gundersheimer
Tomeika Hunter-Koski
Amb. Jeanette Hyde
Donald & Doris Johnson
Robert & Barbara Johnson
Dr. John & Eilene Maupin
Dr. Randall & Karen Morgan
Bob & Andi Munzer
David Pomier & Linda Knox
Drs. Donald & Deborah Reaves
Mary Ann Robinson
Michael Saunders
Kenneth Schneier & Cynthia Craig
Lynn Wentworth
Robert & Angelia Wood
Jacquelyn Woods
$10,000–$24,999
Cheryl Anderson & Mike Springer
Bank of America Client Foundation
Carol & Tom Beeler
Bobbi & Don Bernstein
Helga & Jerry Bilik
Linda & Jim Bodycomb
Mr. & Mrs. Burton C. Borgelt
Marty & Barbara Bowling
Miles & Barbara Capron
Bob & Carol Carter
The Lawrence P. Castellani Family
Foundation — Larry & Joan Castellanni
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Charmaine Downie & Carl Battle
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William & Sandra Farrow
Tom & Nancy Flanagan
Gamma Xi Boule Foundation, Inc.
Charles & Jean Gorham
Len Gumley
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Marilyn Harwell
Nancy & Roger Hitchcock
Dr. Jaih & Kimberly Jackson
Ed Keon & Pat Kennelly
Alan & Abigail Kurland in Memory of
Joshua David Kurland
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Joan Mathews
Gloria Moss
Fred Murrell
Debbie & Bill Partridge
Richard Perlman
Paige Petersen & Curtis Jordan
Roger & Alisa Pettingell
Jim & Jan Pullen
Alice Rau
Marta Riordan & Jim Boyle
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Sack Family Foundation
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Dr. Charlotte Page Scarbrough
Bob & Teresa Simmons
G. Richard & Elizabeth Thompson
Glenn & Jackie Tilton
Susan & Charles Wilson
Sally Yanowitz
$2,500-$9,999
Ravi & Virginia Akhoury
Peg Allen & Steve Dixon
Mrs. Connie Anderson in Memory of
Rev. Jesse F. Anderson Jr.
Jock Andrews
Scott B. & Annie P. Appleby
Charitable Trust
David & Suzanne Arch
Hon. Dennis W. Archer &
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George & Jessica Armstrong
Shari & Steve Ashman Ann Babcock
Adele Fleet Bacow
John & Maria Bartlett
Walton & Deborah Beacham
Family Fund
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Carolyn Blum
Daniel & Litten Boxser
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Murray Bring & Kay Delaney
Dr. Francine Brown
Susan Buck
Ann Stuart Burroughs
Kathy & Michael Bush, Home Resource
William & Debra Buttaggi
Janet & Phil Cady
Canandaigua National Trust
Liza & Carl Caruso
Chris & Patricia Caswell
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Martin Cohen
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Esther Jensen
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Fund of the Jewish Community
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The Hugo Roth Family Fund
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Hon. Warren & Dr. Evelyn Silver
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Community Foundation of
Sarasota County
Chuck Smith
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Dr. Marsha Kindall-Smith
Ian & Leslie Smith
Linda Steinberger
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Douglas & Dianne
Delong
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in Memory of Julian Olf
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Steve Duke
Doug & Willie Eden
Family Fund of the
Minneapolis Foundation
Roger & Sally Eron
Wilma Ellis
Robert Endres
Anna Lee Ernst
Nancy Ernst
David & Eileen Eskin
George Evans
Thomas Everitt
Scott Evers
Erika Faulk
Barbara Feldman
Fellow Travelers
in Memory of Ian Smith
Scott & Cady Ferguson
Bobbie Fernander
Amy Ferrell
Judy Fiala
Gerard Finegan
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Sandra Fink
Berta Finkelstein
Paula Fishman
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Frank Fleischer
Vincent & Teresa
Foderingham
Richard Foltz
Mary Foushi
Herbert Fox
Joan Fox
D Franklin
Linda Franklin
Sharon Franklin
Dr. Paul Freiwald
Kim French
Connie Friess
Carmel Frost
Roseann Gaglio
Lonnetta Gaines
Elaine Gallinaro
Susan Galvin
Linda Garvin
Frances Gaston
Margaret Gat
Ron Gault &
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Karen Geck
Paul Geck
Diana Geiss
Norbert Geiss
Gerald J. Genova
Abby & Rich Gerrity
Pamela Giacomini
Joanna Glass
Mary Glidden-Williams
Paul & Rita Glosser
Jane Glusman
David & Terri Goldbloom
David Goldman
Bill & June Gordon
Sue M. Gordon
Kathleen Gossweiler
Stephen Graham
Robert & Flo Grant
Milton Grebler
Thomas & Sandra Green
Merrill Greenberger
Marvin Greene
Barbara Grossman
Jo Ellen & Stephen
Grossman
Susan Grossman
Cindy Guest
Judy Guinn
Elizabeth Hall
Carol Ann Hallinger
Gerald & Deborah
Hamburg
Janet & Mark Hamm
Susannah Hammersley
Daphne & James
Hanrahan
Dave & Jane Hanrahan
Lorna Hard
Pria Elizabeth Harmon
Nancy Harris
Margaret Harrison
Diane & Carole Hart-
Tufaro
Margaret Hausberg
Felice & George Hedge
Marjorie Henry
Dr. Kenneth & Mitzie
Henson
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Susan & William Herring
Alfred J. Herschede &
E. Marcia Sheridan
Anne & Dan Heyns
Albert & Carolyn Higgins
Roger Hilfiker &
Evelyn Delph
Richard Hilton
Pamela Hindman
Rebecca Hines
Carol Hirschberg
Margaret Homan
Ann Hogg
Roy Hoke
Robert & Jean Honor
Patricia Houppert
Doris Howard
Karen Howe
Rhea Hughes
Jean Hurd
Joseph Hurd
Margaret Ida
Sue Jacobson
Joey James
Susan Jasin
Rob Johnson
Robert Johnson
Wayne Johnson
James Joiner
Barbara Green Jones &
Roosevelt Jones
Lynn Jones
James Jurick
Deborah Kalb
Maggie Kaplan
Barbara Katz
B.R. Katzmire
Elaine Keating
Marie & Jim Keeney
Kennedy Family Fund
Susan Kennedy
Linda Kerbawy
Marie J. Kilker
Laura Kingsley
Sarah Kirk
Marlene Kitchell
Louise Klain
Paul & Mary Klee
Sandra Kligman
David Kline
Bill & Kate Korp
Ellen Kramer
Joel Kramer
William Kraus
Nancy Krohngold
Sharon Kunkel
Elizabeth LaFrance
Gail Lagace
Luann Lamp
Robert & Edith Lane
Chuck & Cathy Langlois
Pamela Langlois
Sophia LaRusso
Gerald Law
Arthur B. Lawrence
Joshua Leach
Sharon Leber
James Ledbetter
Wendy & Stuart
Lefkowich
Nicholas & Jean LeGrand
Terry L. Leland
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Leonard & Kathleen
Lesjak
Dawn Lewis
Helen & John LiMarzi
Lloyd Lininger
Jeremy Lisitza
Mary Litle
William Little
Joyce Locklear
Jerry Long
Anne Loomer
Kathleen Lorenz
Peter & Peggy Lowndes
Anonymous
Elizabeth Lucchesi
Delores Lustig
Dorothy L. Lutter
Judy Lynch
Jill Lyons
R. Andrew & Ruth B.
Maass
Bruce & Irene Mackler
Deborah Mackler
Nilda Mager
Peter Magnuson
Dixie Mahan
Donald N. Malawsky
Geri Jo Manson
Pamela Marble
Deborah Margolis
James & Ellen Marsey
Judy Marsh
Richard & Debby
Marshall
Sally Marshall
Alyce Martin
Barbara Mason
Gary & Lynn Massel
Judith Massey
Angela Mathis
Gregory & Lorraine
Matthews
Maureen Matthews
Walt & Gerry Mattison
Elaine May
Stephen & Nancy Mayer
Kathy McAllister
Maria McCabe
Gregory & Hannah
McDaniel
Gerald & Dorothy
McFarland in Memory of
Julian Olf
Lana & Mark McGorry
Sandra McHenry
Dr. Lou Bertha
McKenzie-Wharton &
Dr. Richard G. Wharton
Wilda Meier
Stephen Meuler
Deborah Miller
Lawrence & Shirley Miller
Joyce Mink
Sandra Montgomery
Clement & Kristin
Moorman
Douglas Moppert
Sue Moreland
Jo Morello
Sigrid Moriece
Joel & Beverly Morrison
Sandra Moser
Meg Moskovitz
Gunter Mrotzek
Carolyn Muno
Michael Nash
Loretta Naylor
Lovella Naylor
Steven Neumeister
Francine Newman
Janice Newman
Rochelle Nigri
Bernice Niss
Nancy O’Neil
Alan Orenberg
Sandra & Ray Orlandi
Margaret & Wiley
Osborn
Hellen Osorio
Bob Otterberg
Dale Otterman
Anand Pallegar
Mark Palombo
Debra Park
Pauline Parrish
Michael Pasquini
Richard & Carleen Payne
Dolores Penn
Joseph Penn
Betsy Pennewill
Richard Pereira
Debra Peters
William Peterson
Deborah Grace Phelps
Neil Foster Phillips
Donna Pickup
Julie A. Planck
Frank & Jeanette Planes
Marie Pogozelski
Nancy Pollock
Henry Porter
Linda Poteat-Brown
Mary L. Pree
Rebecca Preston
Kimberly Proctor
Linda Pursley
Ann Quackenbush
Wayne Quimby
Marilyn Quintal
Sharon Radakovich
Kathleen Raskin
Sally Rauch
Dr. Jacqueline Ray
James Ray
Kelley Rea
Joan Reinebach
Mary Jo Reston
Rhode Island
Community Foundation,
Salten Weingrod Family
Bob & Laurin Ripley
Susan Ritchay
Barry Robbins
Vancene Robenalt
Denise Roberts
Thorold Roberts
Milton & Sadie Robinson
Kimberly Roden
Ronne Rogin
James & Vicki Rollo
Harold Ronson
Jim Roque &
Carla Malachowski
Donna Rose
Stephen & Wilma Rose
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
HEART & SOUL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Dr. Ron & Roz Rosenthal
Judy & Ira Rosner
Nancy Roucher
Barbara Rowe
Patricia Rowe
Joyce E. Rubenstein
Lisa Rubinstein
Marilyn Runnels
Annie Russini
Dan & Jackie Russell
Jerey Ryder
David Sadkin
Arlene Salzberg
Ronald Saper
William Sarnat
Judy & John Savage
David Scarlett &
Sandy Retter
Ronald & Gail Schimel
Patti Schimmel
Tobi Schneider
Leslie Schneiderman
Pamela Schroeder
Felice Schulaner &
Dennis Rees
Sandra E. Scott
John Secor
Robert & Ann Segal
Ellen Seidensticker
in Memory of Julian Olf
David & Robin Shapiro
Jack Shapiro
Nancie-Lynn Sheldon-
Martin & David Martin
Ted & Susan Sherman
Jerey & Barbara
Shivers
Debbie Shoss &
Libbie Sherman
Leon Sickles
Christopher & Patricia
Sileo
Frederic Silverman
Richard & Linda
Silverman
Jean Simon
Jerome & Judith Singer
Elliot Sloan
Douglas Smith
Jerey Smith &
Deborah Mix
Sandra K. Smith
George Sousa
April Speck-Ewer
Laurence & Dorothy
Spelman
Anne Spratt
Barbara Squadere
Diane Stabile
Kim Stadlin
Willie M. Stanfield
Pat Steck
Anne Stein
Diane Steinbrink
Richard Stern
J. Alvin Stout III
Karen Stults
Arnold Sulton
Jane Summerville
Max Supica
Millard M Surrency
Valerie Sutter
Marilyn Sylvestre
Sonja Teasdale
Elaine Tedesco
Neville Thame
Thomson Financial
in Memory of Julian Olf
Diane Thorp
Richard & Mary Lou
Thrush
Jane Traub
Bryan Troutman
George Troy
Michelle van Deventer
Gregory Vincent
Holly Vincent
Anthony Vlahides
Theodore Wagenaar
Bill Wagy Productions
Pam Waite
Elizabeth Wallace
Richard Walter
William Wartinbee
Nancy Weaver
MaryLou Webster
Mary Sue Wechsler
Karen Wehner
Jean Weiller
Hannah Weinberg
David & Edris Weis
Gail Welch
Susan Q. Wertman
Conni Wheeler
Bonnie Whisman
Susan Whitcomb
Jo Ann White
Sandra Whyte
Deana Widder
Lila Wol Wilkinson
Linda Williams
Susan Williamson
Cathy Wilson
Julie & Eric Wirtanen
Roberta Wladis
James & Ann Wolcott
Sheila Wolf
Robert Woods
Archer Wright
Lynn Wright
John Yahner
John Yahres
Lynne Yeannakis
Liz Yerkes
Janet K. Yoder
Jacqueline L. Young
Maryanne C. Young
Z Foundation
Thomas Zahn
Barbara Zdravecky
Linda & Sheldon Zelizer
Barbara Zelley
THE FRIENDSHIP TRAIN
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is pleased to recognize our
legacy donors as our “Friendship Train.” These donors have
indicated in writing that WBTT is included in their estate plans.
We are so grateful to them for ensuring that WBTT will touch the
lives of young artists, students and patrons long into the future.
If you would like to consider jumping on board, contact Julie
Leach, Executive Director, at 941-366-1505.
Bankston Family Trust
Carol & Tom Beeler
Dan Denton
Michael & Suzanne Gladfelter
Ronald Greenbaum
Len Gumley
Marilyn Harwell
Bob Johnson
Darlene J. Kalada
& Richard N. Bryan
Penelope Kingman
Lynne Koy
Alan & Abbie Kurland
Rose Marie Proietti
Laurie Rosin
Eva T. Slane
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Thank you for being a loyal patron of our live in-person and
on-demand video performances. We are so grateful that
you’re part of our WBTT family!
We appreciate your patience as we continue to bring live
performances back to our campus and our community, while
ensuring the safety of you, our patrons, as well as our artists
and sta.
For the latest news about our 2020-2021 performances
— including Light Up the Night, our Open-Air Concert
Series, and other exciting upcoming events — visit us at
westcoastblacktheatre.org, and sign up there to receive our
email updates if you aren’t getting them already. Our home
page also has links to our social media pages, so you can sign
up to follow us that way, too.
We look forward to seeing you on campus, online or
however you are able to join us.
We love you!
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WBTT THEATRE
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12 N. Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
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OUR MISSION
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was founded
in December 1999 as a not-for-profit
501(c)(3) organization. Our mission has always
been to produce professional theatre that
promotes and celebrates the African American
experience, attracts diverse audiences,
supports and develops African American
artists, and builds the self-esteem of
African American youth.
Tax-deductible gifts from generous individuals,
businesses, and foundations underwrite
WBTT’s annual operating budget. Your support
helps to keep tickets aordable and provides
funds to mentor new local talent and to
develop high-quality productions. In addition,
your gifts allow us to oer theatre experiences
to an underserved population.
Thank you!
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
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