The Studio@NYCDA

Programs & Workshops For Actors

(212) 645-0030




with CD DONNA MCKENNA and INDIE Director Nathan Crooker

NEW Date: Thursday Dec 3rd at 2015

Time 6:30

Location: Studio @NYCDA 39 West 19th street 12th floor
Cost: $109

NYCDA alumni discount $ 89
*limited to 15 students


The Studio @NYCDA is happy to bring back Donna McKenna and indie film director Nathan Crooker.

The workshop begin with Q/A with Donna and guest. The focus of the evening is initial camera audition and in the Callback wirth the director.


Then in the first half, each actor will get to work on camera with Donna and receive adjustments. Then the second half -. After everyone has gone they will leave the room and come back in one at a time for callback. The director will set up a call back situation and share with the actors what his requirements are for the callback for that audition.

 Sides will be pre- selected based on your type from Donna.



Flashdrives will be available for sale for 4 dollars if you wish to take your work home the same night. We use QuickTime Movie.  Sides will be assigned a few days prior to event. Workshop must be paid by Credit card or check upon signing unless card is on file.

We will be offering a wait list if a class is sold out.
If a spot opens, the wait list is notified via email and the spot is sold on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation Policy
There are no refunds, but we do offer credit. Cancellations must be made 5 business days or more in advance of a class, event, or intensive in order to receive a credit.  You must call to cancel.

Cancellations within 24 business hours of the class, event, or intensive and/or no-shows will NOT be credited under any circumstance.  


Please note:

Our workshops are NOT job interviews, auditions or employment opportunities.  The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment. We are strictly an educational experience.

Donna McKenna-  Bio

Donna is aninternational casting director and producer who known for discovering unique new talent as well as recognizing the seasoned professional whom have the desire to take risks and play against their type.

Some of her films have been invited to screen at renowned film festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, some of her films have been nominated and or won festival awards especially in the acting category. Donna is one of the busiest CD in NYC. Some of her films she cast in just the past 6 months! 
Oiled Up (Short) (post-production)  2016 A Beautiful Distraction (pre-production)  2016 Saturday in the Park (post-production) 2016 Porgies and Bass (Short) (post-production) 2016 Nick and Nicky (filming) 2016/II Wraith (Short) (post-production) 2016 Eyes of the Roshi (completed) 2015 '79 Parts (completed) 2015 Coach of the Year (post-production) 2015/I Dark (completed) 2015 Exiled Out East (TV Series) (2015) (post-production) Before I Do (casting by) (announced) 2016 Confidence Game 2015 The Networker 2015 Leaves of the Tree 

Donna holds a seat on the board of the Nassau County Film and Television Foundation, she is a member of the Suffolk County Film Commission and The Casting Society of America.


Nathan Crooker is an accomplished filmmaker and writer.

Nathan started his directing career behind the camera as a director of photography on various documentaries including the critically acclaimed "Holy Wars" directed by Smuggler Films’ Stephen Marshall. Filmed in the heart of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, “Holy Wars” allowed Nathan to marry his passion for film, impactful storytelling and adventure-driven travel. Before the trend of travel and food shows, Nathan was documenting untold experiences in locations such as Palestine, Sierra Leone, Iran, and the cocaine jungles of Peru.

Nathan has since developed an extensive career as a film, commercial and music video director with a vision that spans all styles and genres, reflecting his wide-ranging interests. His prolific collection of work includes high profile clients such as New Balance, Nabisco, Dell, Canon, Bergdorf Goodman, and RCA Records.

Nathan's film credits include "Stuffer" which won numerous awards including best short film at Houston World Fest and The Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Robert Butler from the Kansas City Star said, "Great acting and delivers kick-in-the-gut dramatic power." He also wrote and directed "Peace Of Mind" which won Matt Newton a best actor award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the El Capitan Award at the Yosemite Film Festival for best short. 


In 2015 Nathan’s horror short film, Playback, which he directed, wrote and produced, went viral with over 500,000 views in just two days. Shot in one-take, Playback won for Best Thriller at Fargo Fantastic Fest 2015 and has been an official selection and has screened at festivals across the country and globe, including the 2015 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Freak Show Horror Film Festival, New York Horror Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, The UK’s One Shot Movie Festival, and Mexico's Morbido Film Festival.  

Recently he produced the film Until Someone Gets Hurt starring Micheal Welch from the blockbuster series Twilight. The film is due to to release next year.  

Currently Nathan is in development as a writer and director on several features and web series projects. He lives in New York City's Greenwich Village.


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