West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts is a community-wide acting and musical theater school. Our teachers are experienced professional actors and 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. Each student develops and recognizes the importance of his or her own voice.

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Important Dates

Registration for Summer Camps is open!
Starting June 16th, have a fun summer while training with professionals.  Our student/teacher ratio is 8 to 1!

Musical Theater Audition Workshops: May 19th & 21st from 4:00-7:00 pm or May 31st from 11:00-5:00 pm. Learn to make a Big Impact with every audition!  Work with Susan Anders Brizick & Therese Walden-Murphy for private and group work which will help you develop an audition technique to deliver 1st rate musical theater auditions.  For more information email Therese at: therese@westchesterstudio.com.

Purchase tickets to our 2014 Spring Shows!

Elementary Show:

Brave Little Tailor by Randy Wyatt, May 17 & 18 at 2:00 pm

When Chris climbs into his grandmother's attic and blows upon a magic ocarina, the mysterious storyteller and his many spirits and elves appear. But Chris is in for a surprise when the storyteller sends Chris (and his trusty cat Keara) into the fable as the little tailor! Chris doesn't feel very brave to begin with, but once he encounters a giant, the royal court, two vain dragons, a mysterious unicorn and the dreaded Swamp Monster, perhaps he'll learn where bravery comes from. This delightful tail is perfect entertainment for young audiences.

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Middle & High School One Acts:

Dear Chuck by Jonathan Dorf, May 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm

Teenagers are typically caught in the middle - they're not quite adults - but they're definitely no longer children. Through a series of scenes and monologues we meet an eclectic group of teen characters finding their way in the world. Trying to communicate with that wannabe special someone, battling controlling parents, swimming for that island of calm in the stormy sea of technology are just a few of their experiences. What they all have in common is the search for their "Chuck," that elusive moment of knowing who you are.

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Offerings by Alan Haehnel, May 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm

A group of students gather in a mysterious location, each carrying a personal artifact to present as an offering to an ominous voice. As each person presents their object, from a sincere reminder of a deceased sister to a fake story about a magical conch shell, it quickly becomes apparent that there is no rhyme or reason behind the selection process. How will these students cope in this situation where they don't know what acceptance will mean or how they can achieve it?

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May 16, 17 & 18
The Chester County Historical Society
225 N. High Street, West Chester