SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce that Debra Flynt-Garrett has been named development director for the organization. In this role – a new one for WBTT – Flynt-Garrett coordinates the organization’s donor stewardship, fundraising events and annual fund events. She works with executive director Julie Leach and artistic director Nate Jacobs to develop new donor relationships. She also manages the grant proposal process and provides concierge ticketing services to major donors.
Flynt-Garrett’s role will be particularly critical as the organization has recently launched its Heart & Soul Capital Campaign, a $6 million effort to transform the organization’s 2.5-acre, two-building campus at 10th Street and Orange Avenue into a cohesive, state-of-the-art performing arts center. The funds raised will enable the organization to more fully develop its education program and will also create an endowment fund for the future of the troupe.
“We are so fortunate to have someone of Debra’s experience and with her level of commitment to be able to step seamlessly into this new role,” said Leach. “Debra truly loves our donors and our donors love Debra and appreciate all the care she takes to make sure they feel special. I am looking forward to watching her continued professional growth – just as her efforts will help our organization to grow and thrive.”
Flynt-Garrett first worked with WBTT from 2009-2012, serving as executive assistant to former CEO Christine Jennings. She returned to the Troupe in 2014 as the executive assistant and donor administrator, with responsibilities expanded to include donor, sponsorship and grant-related activities.
She moved to Sarasota in the 1980s. She worked in the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s office for 12 years before leaving to work as a licensed residential appraiser, which she did for 11 years. In addition to her professional experience, Flynt-Garrett has been deeply involved in the Sarasota community as a volunteer. She is the current chair of the Sarasota County Historic Preservation Board, past chair of the City of Sarasota Historic Preservation Board, a current board member of Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, and was previously involved with Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, Sarasota County Historical Commission, and Crowley Museum and Nature Center.
About Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe:
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. is the only professional black theater company on Florida’s West Coast. The mission is to produce plays that promote and celebrate the African-American experience and attract diverse audiences, while using its productions as a vehicle for supporting African-American artists and building the self-esteem of African-American youth. For more information on WBTT, visit the website at westcoastblacktheatre.org or call (941) 366-1505.