When an actor goes into an audition….they are asked to perform with one of the four options below. Having complete confidence in all four of these areas is a top priority when studying with Donald


– Show your type, age range and acting abilities

– Every actor should have a pocket full of monologues at performance level!

– Donald will help to pick the right monologues for you.

Cold Reads

– There is a technique to learning how to master cold reads.

– Once you go through this training you will always walk into a cold read with confidence


– Many agents and managers send their clients directly to Donald to breakdown and make choices regarding audition sides that are given to an  actor. Some are for live auditions

  • Self taped sides are taped right in the studio. After decisions on hair, make up, wardrobe and character development are established. Sides are emailed to the casting director, agent, manager or requesting party


– Many final casting decisions are based on an actors ability to improv as the character. Learning to master improv guarantees the actor more bookings



  • Technique: What you wear, how to walk in to the room, how you all matters!
  • Coaching Sides: Work your sides with a professional acting coach
  • Shooting Auditions: We have professional video and lighting to get it right
  • How to do a Reel: We help you write and act in scenes for your reel


Donald has shot Head Shots for many successful actors,

To see his head shots go to:


 The present rate for working with Donald is:

  • $ 85.00 for a one hour session
  • $ 225.00 for three one hour sessions

Whatever rate that you start at will always be your rate. Rates apply to coaching, taping, photography and consultation services by Donald


 Upon request. Rate varies with the amount of people


Donald McKenna of McKenna Productions Incorporated will be starting a new class and a new workshop this January !!!

(See Donald’s recent credits and bookings below)


The Necessary Basics of the Modern Actor


Just Starting to Act…or….Want to review the basics again. In order to book auditions an actor needs to be prepared and confident in the following four areas. One…a recipe on how to approach cold reads, Two…confidence in your improv skills. Three…knowledge of how to make decisions when braking down sides. Four…. A pocketful of contrasting monologues that are at performance level and that they love to do! We will also go over the proper way to slate, what to wear and what to do and not do when going on an audition.  Donald guarantees that your approach to acting will be different in a positive way after taking this class


Six week class starting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017     7-9 PM        Cost $ 180.00       email



What’s your problem ?


This workshop is going to very individualized to each actor in the class. There will be the use of dramatic improv and scene work will help the actor learn to think, walk. talk and react like the character that they become. However, the curriculum will be determined by each class member  discussing their strong and weak points….and Donald along with the rest of the class will help you overcome those the areas that need work. Donald has taught this class before….and upon completion most actors wanted to do the same class….part two!


Six week class starting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017     7-9 PM        Cost $ 180.00     email


The McKenna Productions Studio is located at 106 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063   

610 891 0352 Office   website  email   


Recently,  Donald’s actors have had featured roles in the TV shows“ The Blacklist”, Madam Secretary”, “The Following”, “ Steven Colbert Show”,Mozart and the Jungle”, The Wire” and Boardwalk Empire”, Two different students have been on “The Voice”.One young actor played young Amy Schumer in “ TrainwrecK”. A senior student booked a featured role in Kevin Costner’s’ “ Draft Day”And another is doing the voice of “Pigpen” in the new Charlie Brown Movie.

All booked their parts after working on the audition with Donald

Many of these auditions were taped in Donald's studio











DONALD MCKENNA  ACTING COACH  One on One Coaching, Private Acting Lessons, Acting Teacher, Acting Instructor, Monologue Coach,  Cold Reads Coach, Audition Technique, Character Development Auditions , Scene work, Acting Classes, Coaching  Sides,  Choosing Wardrobe  Professional Video and Still Photography. Head Shots, Shooting Auditions Shooting Sides and Shooting Scenes for Reels

MAUREEN MCKENNA  Producer Bounce Pictures UPM Assistant Director

DONALD MCKENNA   PRODUCTION SERVICES Director, Consultant, Location Scout/Manager casting

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