What is the Difference Between RTC and Uptown?
The Uptown Entertainment Alliance - Uptown is a group of local professionals who decided West Chester deserved a theatre. They banded together, raising money from the community, and bought the Armory Building in downtown West Chester. They then renovated it into a beautiful, state-of-the-art 300 seat theatre. The theatre is known as the Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center.
The Resident Theatre Company - RTC is a separate not-for-profit theatre company that produces high level theatre featuring actors and designers from New York and Philly. RTC uses Uptown's theatre as our venue, receiving free rehearsal space, but RTC does not receive any funding or financial support from Uptown, and pays to use the Uptown theatre during our performance weeks.
Because we are an independent company, RTC pays for every aspect of our productions and projects including:
- Sets, Costumes, props, and all aspects of the show
- Actor, Designer and Crew Salaries
- Professional Music Director and Live Musicians for each show
- Rights to all shows
- Transportation for all NY actors and designers
- Fees to use the theatre
I often explain the Uptown/RTC relationship as a tiny Lincoln Center. Uptown is Lincoln Center (the theatre itself) and RTC is New York City Ballet (the Company that performs in the theatre).
The Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center