Performing Arts Education Takes Center Stage in Chester County




December 8, 2016

WEST CHESTER, PA – Through a partnership with The Uptown Entertainment Alliance, The West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts will move into the newly renovated Knauer Center For Performing Arts in early 2017.

The studio will continue to offer educational opportunities for children and adults while producing children’s shows throughout the year. The West Chester Studio has helped over 800 students step into their acting futures during the past 6 years in operation.

Therese Walden Murphy, the studio’s Owner and Executive Director, is a union professional actor with experience working in LA and New York City. Her work with children and adults as the Second Assistant Director of the 1997 Broadway production of “Annie” helped to shape her life’s mission.

Therese helps people of all ages and all experience levels take their next step in discovering who they are as actors and to find their voice. The children’s program is designed to prepare young professionals to enter the industry in a nurturing, warm and fun learning environment.

“I am thrilled to expand the program and give students access to professional production spaces in a state-of-the-art main stage theater, right here in downtown West Chester!”
– Therese Walden Murphy, Owner and Director

Small class sizes are emphasized in order to give everyone an opportunity to play a nice-sized role. The in-depth classes in musical theater, straight acting and an array of other subjects prepare students for top-notch performances during the big productions.

The educational program will feature:

  • Fully staged shows on a Main Stage Theater to be included in the Kauer Center’s full season listing.
  • A Professional Youth Program for advanced students seeking NYC style professional training.
  • Student recitals & summer camp performances in an intimate 80 seat Black Box Theater.
  • Fun-filled Winter, Spring and Fall classes for students aged 3 to 18 years old.
  • Adult classes run like those found in NYC and LA, featuring Meisner and other acting techniques.
  • A robust summer camp program including Main Stage Shows and Triple Threat Camps. –
  • Seasonally rotated class subjects such as improvisation, scriptwriting, Shakespeare and more.
  • Weekend workshops throughout the year about the industry presented by current faculty and visiting artists.
  • And more to come….

The Winter session begins January 7th, 2017. The final recitals will coincide with the move to the new space and will take place in the Knauer Center’s brand new Black Box Theater. The spring and summer shows are carefully selected and age appropriate for kids. They will be fully staged using sets, customs, lighting and sound. The studio will hold auditions in February for Spring Shows.

“There is something great for every age at the West Chester Studio. The production value will be a big draw. But, most importantly, audiences will notice the incredible talent on stage and parents will see lots of happy smiling faces during curtain call.”
– Angeline May, Marketing Director, West Chester Studio.

Take a peek inside West Chester Studio in this short video.

Classes begin Jan 7th. Register online here – classes often fill up, we recommend reserving your place in advance.