The exchange continues to support the programming of black theater troupe Westcoast with a grant of $25,000

The Westcoast Black Theater Troupe recently received a $25,000 grant from The Exchange, in support of its 2022-2023 theater performance season.

The season includes productions from “Guys and Dolls” (October 5-November 20, 2022), holiday show “Black Nativity” (November 30-December 23, 2022), “Flyin’ West” (January 4-February 12, 2023 ), “Dreamgirls” (February 22-April 9, 2023) and one-act plays “Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue” (April 19-May 28, 2023).

WBTT has been the grateful recipient of support from The Exchange – which proudly supports projects of artistic and cultural value as well as scholarships for local high school and college students pursuing higher education in the visual and performing arts – since 2012. Over its history, The Exchange (formerly The Women’s Exchange) has awarded over $9 million in grants and scholarships.

“For over a decade now, we have been grateful and honored to have received significant support from The Exchange for our main theatrical seasons,” said Julie Leach, General Manager of WBTT. “We view this grant as an affirmation of our important work, which ensures greater diversity in the professional theater offering and provides stage and professional training for aspiring artists of color.”

Individual tickets and season passes for the 2022-2023 WBTT season are on sale now. To learn more about WBTT or its upcoming season of shows, call the box office at 941-366-1505 or visit

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