Professional Training For Serious Actors And Hobbyists Of All Ages.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts is a community-wide acting and musical theater training program. Our teachers are experienced professional actors who provide a high-caliber performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities from Chester County, Delaware County, Wilmington and Philadelphia.

Students gain confidence and are encouraged to take risks in a fun, nurturing and safe environment. At the Studio self-discovery through the Meisner Technique is a critical component in the development of quality acting skills. As each student develops they begin to recognize the importance of his or her own voice.  With their new acting tools performers learn how to put their voice out into the world.

Our goal is to help propel the serious actor into the business while nurturing the novice. Our schedule of classes is designed with students academic studies in mind.

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Register Now for Fall Classes! Classes begin September 13th and run for 10 weeks.

New This Fall: We will be offering Music: The Final Fun Frontier (for our musical K-2nd grade performers) & Acting for the Camera (for those interested in commercial, TV & Film work) .

Christmas Show Auditions:

September 14th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High Street, West Chester. West Chester Studio, Uptown Entertainment Alliance & the Chester County Historical Society are joining forces to produce The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.  To arrange an audition email Therese for a time:  Adults, Teens and Children: Sides will be available or prepare a short comic monologue.  All teens and children will also sing a favorite Christmas song.  Please bring a picture and resume stapled together, if you do not have a headshot a snap shot is fine.  All are welcome to audition!

Call backs: Wednesday Sept. 17th at 7:00 pm (not all roles will need a call back.)

A $35 Participant Fee will be charged to all members of the cast.

Roles Available:


Father: family man, 35-40

Mrs. Armstrong: managerial in voice and manner, 50ish

Mrs. Slocum: motherly woman, 30-40

Mrs. McCarthy: a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong, 35-40’s

Reverend Hopkins: mid to late 40’s

Mrs Clark: 30-45   &  Mrs. Clausing: 30-60

Children & Teens:

Beth Bradley: narrator, strong voice and presence, 14-16

Charlie Bradley: kid brother, 10-11

Imogene Herdman: loud, bossy crafty, 14-16

Leroy Herdman: tough, sure of himself, 11-12

Claude Herdman: tough, combative, 10-11

Ollie Herdman: looking for trouble, 9-10

Gladys Herdman: small, wiry, feisty, 7-8

Alice Wendleken: prim, proper, pain in the neck, 14-15

Other children roles: Maxine: 10-11, Elmer Hopkins: 12-13, Hobie: 9-10, David: 8-9,

Beverly: 7-8, Shirley: 5-7, Juanita: 5-7, Doris: 9-10

Additional angel choir members, baby angels and shepherds.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Sundays: Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Wednesdays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 from 6:00-8:30 pm

Technical Rehearsals: Dec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  from 6:00-8:30 pm

Shows: Dec 6 & 7 at 12:30 pm