Become a Friend of Uptown


There’s never been a better time to show your support for the performing arts. Our membership program, Friends of Uptown provides great benefits like pre-sale early access opportunities to theatre, music and dance performances, local eatery discounts at our local dining partners, and complimentary tickets. Friends make a difference supporting our award-winning performing arts educational programs, thought-provoking innovative theatre and dance series, and creating a destination for arts and culture in West Chester and Chester County.


It takes a village of performing arts lovers to raise the curtain at Uptown.  The enthusiasm, advocacy, and extraordinary generosity of our Founders Circle members help to ensure that the performing arts have a home in historic downtown West Chester.

Uptown Founders L to R: Richard May, Linda Foster, Connie McEvoy, and Tom McEvoy

Enhance your experience and enjoy the benefits of being a Friend and know that your gift makes an impact. Uptown is grateful for all those who support the performing arts in West Chester. Here are some of the ways your gift makes a difference.

  • Deliver innovative theatre, music, dance, comedy, and film to our community.
  • Provide access to our award-winning performing arts educational programs through a scholarship fund.
  • Bring our educational programs to the schools and community centers in Chester County. 
  • Support our Community Ticket fund. 
  • Preserve the historic Armory, housing our state-of-the-art theatre, an incredible community treasure.
friends ♥ the Dining Partner Program!
Friends of Uptown!
Ticket pre-sale in advance of general public for most events
$2 OFF $10 or more on concessions at Mac’s Foxhole Bar and Lounge
Discounts to area restaurants & merchants
Acknowledgement in Uptown! programs
Recognition on the Donor Wall
Complimentary ticket(s) to a performance of your choice*
Invitation to Friends appreciation events
FREE drink vouchers at Mac’s Foxhole Bar and Lounge
Founders Circle
Invitation for two to Founders Circle Special Event
Engraved seat plaque in the A. Roy Smith Mainstage Theater
One free rental of Univest room for a private event
Parking Voucher for the Chestnut Street garage*
Lobby Recognition and backstage access to meet the artists
Private appreciation cocktail reception
*applies to theatre, dance, and jazz

* *For select performances only. For more information please inquire at the Box Office.

theatre, music, dance, comedy, film

performing arts education


Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, and thanks in part to your support we are able to offer the best in live performances, film, and educational programs year-round in our historic theater.