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Professional Youth Program

Auditions for the 2017-18 Professional Youth Program will be in August and September of 2017.

Profession Youth Program

WCStudio for the Performing Arts Professional Youth Program

Are you considering the world of acting as a career? Do you want to feel fully prepared and confident for professional and/or college auditions?

West Chester Studio’s Professional Youth Program selects 12 talented performers and help develop them into working professionals. These talented actors study with Union Professional Actor/Directors: Therese Walden Murphy, Tamara Anderson, Heidi Karpa and Guest directors and actors.

Currently in it’s second year, our actors are enjoying the opportunity to work with us as we refine and enhance to perfectly suit the needs and dreams of young professional actors. The program is designed to give young actors (grades 6-12) the critical skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in the acting profession.

PYP Performers also have the opportunity to add additional Saturday classes at a discounted rate. Professional Industry Workshops are included in the cost of the Monday night class.

Auditions are held in very early fall. Interested actors please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue. To register for an audition please email Therese at:

Audition Schedule for 2017-2018 Professional Youth Program
will be August [tbd]: 1:00-5:00 pm & September [tbd]: 4:30-8:00 pm. Email Therese for an audition time:

2016 - 2017 Fall & Winter Program Curriculum:

Classes:  Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

10 week Session:  Fall: Sep. 18 – Nov 20 | Winter: Jan. 8 – Mar. 12

Acting for the Camera

  • Fall Focus: Commercial Technique
  • Winter Focus: Film Technique
  • Instructor: Tamara Anderson


  • Instructor: Heidi Karpa

Private Coaching

  • Fall Focus: A contemporary monologue
  • Winter Focus: Shakespeare or a contrasting contemporary monologue
  • Instructors: Therese Walden Murphy & Tamara Anderson

Professional Industry Workshops

See our Workshops page.

Additional Saturday Classes (Save $35):

Scene Study:

  • Creative Acting II (Grades 5 – 7) with Therese Walden-Murphy (PYP cost: $165)
  • Teen Acting (Grades 8 – 12) with Therese Walden-Murphy (PYP cost: $215)

Musical Theatre Solo Performance:

  • WCStudio Singers (Grades 5 – 12) with Therese Walden-Murphy (PYP cost: $250)


FALL Showcase:

  • Date: Mon, Nov 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Call Time: for performers is 4:30 pm.

WINTER Final Showcase:

  • Date: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Call Time: for performers is 4:30 pm.

Cost Per Session

Our Professional Youth Program session cost is $500. This includes 10 weeks of Monday night training and 3 Professional Industry Workshops. For more information contact Therese. In addition:

All Professional Youth Program performers will have first casting options in WCStudio Spring Shows as well as the option to compete in the Access Broadway competition in April (related costs tbd).