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West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts is a community-wide theater training organization. We offer acting and musical theater classes designed to propel the serious actor and at the same time nurture the novice. Our teachers are experienced professional actors who provide a high-caliber performing arts education to performers of all ages and abilities from Chester County, Delaware County, Wilmington and Philadelphia.

Our students are lead through a process that helps them to recognize the importance of their voice and are then introduced to tools that help them share their voice with the world. Self-discovery, through the Meisner Technique, is a critical component in the development of quality acting skills.

Performers discover what it takes to become a professional. All of our classes, workshops, summer camps and theatrical productions are designed to layer practical professional training with the intrinsic and unique contributions each student brings to the table. Their passion for acting and musical theater is elevated through serious training, creating a dynamic, thrilling and professional educational experience that is suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

Review our classes, camps and workshops to find the right one for you.

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About the Owner:
Therese Walden-Murphy, Founder and Executive Director of West Chester Studio, is a professional actress who has performed in New York City, Los Angeles as well as regional theatres 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 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.

In addition to performing Therese has taught Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Acting and Speech for over 20 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. Learn more about Therese here. (
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