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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida’s Sheldon Roden

Sheldon Roden

12/2014 By DAVID GAULMAN In 1999 local actor, singer, director, and playwright Nate Jacobs founded the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, with a vision of great things to come. The WBTT has inspired many young African American singers and actors to follow their dreams. Sarasota native, Sheldon Roden is one of them. The 28-year old singer and songwriter was discovered by Jacobs while Roden was singing at a friends funeral. “After years of encouragement from both Jacobs and my mom I accepted an offer for my very first show which was in 2009,” Roden said. Since then Roden has been the lead in the production of Marvin Gaye: The

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Iain Webb and Sarasota Ballet

Iain Webb

Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Iain Webb. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet. By DAVID GAULMAN Sarasota Phoenix Correspondent In 1987 the Sarasota Ballet was founded by Jean Allenby-Weidner with the goal of becoming a full resident ballet company. That goal was achieved in 1990, then in 2007 with new director Iain Webb in place expectations went through the roof. “When I started the foundation was weak, and it took awhile to get it going” Webb said. “I was asked to give a long term commitment, and that I did.” Webb’s background and experience brought a dynamic and exposure to the Sarasota Ballet it needed, giving the organization national and international recognition.

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