Best of the Main Line 2015 - West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts

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West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts Owner and Founder

Director of West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts, which she founded in 2009, Therese is a professional actress who has performed in New York City, Los Angeles as well as regional theaters across the country.  She holds an MFA in Classical Theatre from the Old Globe Theater Professional Actor Training Program and has been seen and heard in Commercials, Voice-overs, TV, Soap Operas, Industrials, Film, and on Stage.  Therese join the closing cast of the 1997 Broadway Company of Annie as Martin Charnin’s assistant director and continued on with the National Tour.   Therese received a Best Actress Dramalogue Award  for her work as Grace in Annie and was nominated for a Best Actress Robby Award for her work as Fiona in Brigadoon, both while working in Los Angeles.

Therese Walden-Murphy

Some of her favorite roles played are: Mme. Giry in Phantom of the Opera (National Tour), Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet the Musical (The Ordway Theatre), Grace in Annie (Fullerton Civic Light Opera), Margaret in The Lady’s Not For Burning (The Old Globe Theatre), Goneril in King Lear (LA Repertory Company), Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (McCallum Center), Faye/Angel/Gwen in Here on the Flight Path (Walnut Street Theatre), Belle in Tiny Tim’s Christmas (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Fiona in Brigadoon (Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera). Films: National Treasure, Joe vs. the Volcano and When I was a Boy, TV: Renegade, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Another World.   Therese is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and is on the Planning committee for the Uptown Entertainment Alliance, working to bring a professional theater and arts center to West Chester.

Therese has worked with Tony Award winners: Jack O’Brien, Hal Prince, Terrence Mann, Richard Easton and Martin Charnin.

In addition to performing Therese has taught Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Acting and Speech for over 25 years at many theaters and schools: The Old Globe Theatre, LA Repertory Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, Performers Theatre Workshop in NJ, The Hedgerow Theatre, The Media Theatre as well as private coaching in New York City.

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