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 Our new theater now has a name! UPTOWN! is excited to present the Knauer Theater for the Performing Arts.
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We can’t wait to bring you even more amazing entertainment in 2017!

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  • Lots going on at the armory today. 4th he elevator slab is being poured, ductwork going in and plaster work being discussed. Also found some cool bottles while laying pipes for the plumbing. One has a Cherry in it....hmmmm

    Angela Scully, September 26, 2016

  • Hit the ground running after the long labor day weekend! Today the team from Brennan s office interiors toured the building. They will be preparing for the desks, tables, chairs and couches We will need for the new theater. We have the first meeting of our transition team this evening where we will be talking the nuts and bolts of start up. Point of sale systems to phones and Wi-Fi to furniture.

    Angela Scully, September 7, 2016

  • Whew what a week! On Tuesday evening we signed an agreement making the Nickerson Rossi Dance Company a Resident Company in the new theater. This modern dance company blends storytelling, music and movement for really compelling performances. They perform at the Annenberg Center, New York Live and at the Palm Springs Dance Festival. We are so excited to have them as part of our core programming at Uptown! Watch this space for additional resident companies!a Today I met with Kaitlin Kovell from the Local Yoga Cafe. Kaitlin will be hosting Yoga Rocks the Armory as a fundraiser for the new theater. This event will happen on the lawn outside the theater on October 9th - the same day as the Chili Cookoff. We hope people will cool down and check it out.

    Angela Scully, August 31, 2016

  • On Friday I met our Uptown! Board member Jimmy Jefferis at the Armory. He brought along 22 of his friends and neighbors from Arbours at West Goshen. Hard hats on we toured the space. The construction is on target with HVAC going. The elevator pit is being dug and floors will be taken back to the original state. Everyone was so excited to hear the description of our resident companies for the new theater and asked for information on the grand opening Gala being planned for New Year's Eve. The group was so excited for the theater to open. They "just can't wait!"

    Angela Scully, August 22, 2016 -


Being the Creative Director of Dance, and Nickerson-Rossi Dance being the Resident Dance Company at Uptown!, I am quite thrilled to begin dance programming for the theater. It is my promise to provide exceptional and quality dance programming to Chester County! This area is vastly surrounded with art enthusiasts and supporters that I genuinely feel will embrace such sophisticated, elegant, athletic, technically brilliant beautiful dancing. Excitingly, the theater has many useful levels, stages, rooms and creative spaces that occupy this wonderful historic building-it really is a dancers playground! I encourage you all to dive in to the treasures of the deep with Nickerson-Rossi Dance as we mark this place as ONE of the BEST known venues for concert dance! I CANT WAIT to see you all in the audience!!! -Michael Nickerson-Rossi


"I can't wait to FINALLY have a place in West Chester where our public can see performances that are geared towards the growing Hispanic community in our region. Sure, we live "close" to a major metropolitan area, the City of Philadelphia, where we should be able, if we have the time and money, to see events in Spanish in mainstream venues, right? But the fact is that these opportunities are few and far between. In 2014, I was proud to present my first production, a Spanish language play at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which started 19 years ago! The hunger in our community to enjoy theater and musical performances that connect us to our roots is evident from the warm reception our initial efforts have enjoyed with the small events we have already sponsored in West Chester. The time is right to expand our efforts, diversify our offerings and widen our audience, and Uptown will give us the opportunity to do just that. Bienvenidos!!!!" Yajaira Paredes, Resident Latin Company


"I can't wait for Better Than Bacon Improv to take part in the arts renaissance taking place in West Chester. My dream was to bring improv comedy from the city into the suburbs. For over five years, we have seen that dream become a reality. Now, as a Resident Company of Uptown!, it has been elevated to whole new level. We are so excited and honored to be one of many, many amazing productions that Uptown! is bringing to Chester County!" Dan Stabb


"I can't wait to host The Jazz Cocktail Hour in our new West Chester home, The Knauer Theatre for the Performing Arts !!! My goal as always, presenting local, national, and international Jazz artists, focusing on the diversity of Jazz in a Concert setting. And that's no Jive People !!!!" Sara Michaels

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