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Ring in the
2022 holiday
season with
our annual
Holiday Cheer

Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:00pm

At West Chester Studio at Uptown!, our focus is on the individual – as part of the group. We help our students move forward through their emotional and developmental journey — and build strong acting skills. The growth is process oriented and integrated with fun, because we all learn more when we are having fun. Our educators are talented professionals with exceptional teaching skills. You will see the result of highly effective teachers who foster a fun and nurturing environment on stage at our class performances and shows.
Registrations in 2019
Theater Classes in 2019
Black Box Theater Shows in 2019
Main Stage Events in 2019
West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts

Therese Walden-Murphy is the reason I am where I am today. Living in the sunshine of LA pursuing my passion as an actress signed for representation commercially and theatrically within a few months of relocating to the sunshine coast. Back in 2005 when I decided to pursue acting I went to Therese for monologue coaching and business guidance into the crazy world of entertainment. Not only was it due to her that I was accepted at the prestigious ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY conservatory (which is under the direction of David Mamet and William H. Macey ) but it is also because of her inspiration, support and confidence that I am still pursuing my art today. She is such a wonderfully supportive teacher who can communicate exactly what is needed to reach each person individually. Her warm character and nurturing spirit made me feel at ease to bare my soul which is the essence of what acting is.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts

I was so impressed with what I saw. Young professionals, already bringing their own truths to the stage… I saw acting choices made – things most kids don’t even think about at this age, but rather in college and conservatory training. They seemed to have a deep understanding of the material with their individual monologues and of the work as a whole. I saw confidence on the stage; no one seemed nervous and I got the sense they understood the work was more important than themselves. Performers used their blocking with purpose… All of this is a testament of the training they were receiving. …Presence, ENERGY, diction, maturity, emotional connection, and in effect, moving the audience by their own truthful performances… What an outstanding opportunity for kids and teens to learn a solid technique for acting where the internal world of the character- is expressed – not with superficial or external tricks.

Holiday Concert
Winter 2018

We really enjoyed the Holiday concert. Emma loved the Studio Singers class and has already said she definitely wants to participate in another one. Thank you for a great experience – she loves to sing and certainly learned a lot in this session.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts has given our daughter an amazing opportunity to explore her love of singing and acting in a positive environment of encouragement and creativity. Truthfully, I cannot say enough positive things about you and the program and what it has done for and meant to Kristen. They send home a writing folder at the end of each school year, I found one written all about you. The assignment was to write about a person who changed your life. In the best way of course!!! Therese has given our daughter the confidence and platform to explore her love of acting and singing. She has been positive role model and mentor building our daughter’s self esteem and growing her talents. Therese recognized our daughter’s talents and has been a positive, encouraging mentor, allowing our daughter to blossom as a singer and performer.

How to Eat Like a Child
Spring 2019

I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous job you did with the kids in How to Eat Like a Child. My daughter loved the experience!! Nobody that knew her could believe that she did it. She was very shy and hated any type of attention on her. Last year, she started crying in front of class when they asked her to stand up to read a poem. This was so far out of her comfort zone! You really had a way of making her feel comfortable and come out of her shell. I don’t know how you did it! Now she just wants to know when she could do it again!

Dear Edwina Jr.
May 12, 2019

What a wonderful family event in such a beautiful place! Thank you so so much for letting us attend this, especially on Mother’s Day!

Dear Edwina Jr.
May 12, 2019

My family and I enjoyed this show. It encouraged my daughter who loves to act, sing, and dance as well. I was really impressed by the level of professionalism all the children displayed. What an awesome way to pull the community together through the love of the arts. Hats off to the guy who was so in love with Edwina. You are on your way to becoming a great star. Great job to the little girl in the red, white and blue ballet outfit. She smiled so much that she made me feel happy. It is great!

Broadway Kiddos Online
April 16, 2020

Thank you Therese! Maximus is really enjoying his classes on Wednesday and he is always so happy afterwards (even though a little nervous when it starts). Lauryn is an amazing teacher! The transition to online has been seamless. Thank you for setting this up!

FUNdamentals of Theater Online
Spring 2020

I just wanted to send a quick “thank you” for all the wonderful work you did to make this a positive and fun experience for Penny.  She has never done anything like this before.  I am amazed at how comfortable she has become with talking let alone performing in front of others.  She absolutely LOVED the class!   Should you be offering additional classes over the summer, please let us know, as she would love to join.  Thanks again for everything and we are looking forward to getting the email with the “first ever Zoom” performance of I Really Like Slop.

Online Kids Show: The Big One OH!

Just wanted to send a big thank you for all of the work you put into the very nontraditional show The Big One Oh.  Ella was very skeptical about doing an online musical camp – but she ended up loving the camp (she was very sad that it was over) and everyone on our end loved the show.  So, thanks for all of your efforts to make the camp a great experience for the kids (which is no easy task when you are limited to Zoom interactions) and to produce a final product that was lots of fun to watch.

Online Kids Show: The Big One OH!

I am Chase’s grandmom. I saw this wonderful production of Friday night. It was amazing how you did it virtually. My hat is off to you for pulling this concept together in such short order. Chase enjoys his classes with you. He was proud of the production. Thank you for keeping him interested. It’s places like Uptown Center that are keeping the performing arts alive and well. God bless you and may you continue in these uncertain times.

Great work!
Super Storytellers

Thank you for all your great work! I have two kids that participated in WC Studio Super Storytellers this past Saturday. They each got into the car at pickup full of excitement. This is our first time and they are really liking it. Thanks to you and the team for making this possible, safely, during covid!


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