WBTT’s 2021 scholarship winners include, from left to right, Tay Marquise, Ariana Fitzgerald, Amaya Glover, Maicy Powell and Aleah Williams with WBTT board chair Doris Johnson, executive director Julie Leach and founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs (Not pictured: scholarship winners Todd Bellamy, Charlotte Corporan and Jatavian Peterson.)

WBTT’s 2021 scholarship winners include, from left to right, Tay Marquise, Ariana Fitzgerald, Amaya Glover, Maicy Powell and Aleah Williams with WBTT board chair Doris Johnson, executive director Julie Leach and founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs (Not pictured: scholarship winners Todd Bellamy, Charlotte Corporan and Jatavian Peterson.)

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded eight Artist Development scholarships to deserving students. Last year, six up-and-coming young artists were presented with $2,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the performing arts or arts management for the 2020-2021 academic year. This year, WBTT had enough funding to provide eight young people with scholarships of $2,000 each.

This year's recipients and their respective benefactors are Todd Bellamy II, Alan P. Kurland Artist Development Scholarship; Charlotte Corporan, Dr. Jody Beresford & Dr. Robert Mayer Artist Development Scholarship; Ariana Fitzgerald, Marie McKee & Robert Cole Artist Development Scholarship; Amaya Glover, Shelley & Sy Goldblatt Artist Development Scholarship; Tay Marquise, Jack & Priscilla Schlegel Artist Development Scholarship; Astrid Victoria McIntyre, Kitty & John Cranor Artist Development Scholarship; Maicy Powell, Marian Moss Artist Development Scholarship; and Aleah Williams, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Artist Development Scholarship. To be eligible, participants must have performed on the WBTT stage in at least two productions, worked at the theater as an intern, and/or been a participant in the Stage of Discovery summer musical theater intensive program. Funds are disbursed directly to the educational institution the awardees will be attending in the fall.

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