About

Height - 5'9''
Weight - 150
Eyes - Brown
Hair - Dark Brown

Mario is a vocalist, actor, and producer specializing in the web and geek culture. His training includes acting training at New York's LEE STRASBERG THEATER AND FILM INSTITUTE, voice-over training at EDGE STUDIOS NYC, private voice coaching at THE NEW YORK CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, and years of youth/amateur theater.


He has appeared on ANIME NEWS NETWORK in their 2007-2008 news webisodes, and his web video production/appearance credits include his 2005 fan film FINAL FANTASY VS KAIJU BIG BATTEL, 2009-2010 web series DOUJINOPOLIS, numerous promotional spots for FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT and ANIPLEX OF AMERICA, and collaborations with Youtube Producer DPIDDY.


In 2010, he became the first male AX Idol Singing Winner at ANIME EXPO, and in 2011 was a Semifinalist in BROADWAY.TV'S NEXT BROADWAY STAR contest. In 2013, he released his first album entitled "(A)RISE" and represented the United States placing in the Top 3 at the WORLD KARAOKE GRAND PRIX COSPLAY sponsored by WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT and LIVE DAM.


He has been emceeing since his high school days running open mics, and has been a regular emcee at events across the country from 2009 onward. He has been focusing on this the most since 2014 in addition to promotional event staffing/management for companies such as BANDAI-NAMCO ENTERTAIMENT, CRUNCHYROLL, and PONY CANYON through affiliates such as AMERICAN COSPLAY PARADISE.


Bringing everything full circle, Mario officially joined KAIJU BIG BATTEL as Lead Announcer in May 2017's CIVIL WARS: THE AFTERMATH show.

Film/TV/Web:

Production Role Company/Director
RESIDENT EVIL BUNNY: HD (web short) Maniac Digital Era Entertainment
SKELETOR, COBRA COMMANDER & DOCTOR DOOM CONQUER HOLLYWOOD BLVD. (web short) Cobra Commander DPiddy (dir.)
DEADPOOL AND BOB VS ZOMBIES (web short) (Zombie) Batman/Dance Captain DPiddy (dir.)
DEADPOOL VS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (web short) Batman DPiddy (dir.)
CON DRAMA: YEAR 2 (unreleased) Todd Derpicornč Vidgle
FUNIMATION BLOG Various Roles FUNimation Entertainment
DURARARA!! WEB PROMOS Shinra Kishitani, Narrator Aniplex of America/American Cosplay Paradise
GURREN LAGANN: THE MOVIE WEB PROMOS Kamina, Narrator Aniplex of America/American Cosplay Paradise
DOUJINOPOLIS Various Roles Digital Era Entertainment/Image Anime
ANIME NEWS NETWORK TV Co-Host Anime News Network
LAW AND ORDER (original; Season 18) Rally Demonstrator (uncredited) NBC-Universal Television
NEW AMSTERDAM College Student (uncredited) Regency TV
FINAL FANTASY VS KAIJU BIG BATTEL Various Roles Digital Era Entertainment
MARIO AND HENRY (Trailer) Anthony E.Willa Haas (dir.)
YOUNG EISENSTEIN Proletariat NYU Student Film

Voiceover

Production Role Company/Director
PRETTY PRINCESS SKELETOR
CONQUERS
LA COMIC CON 2017 (web short)
Skeletor DPiddy (dir.)
AMIIBO RAP (web short) Narrator/Vocals/Rap DPiddy (dir.)
DIVE OLLY DIVE
AND THE PIRATE TREASURE
Additional Voices (uncredited) Splash Entertainment
SKELETOR CONQUERS
COMIKAZE EXPO 2013 (web short)
Skeletor DPiddy (dir.)
DEADPOOL VS BLURRED LINES (web short) Vocalist DPiddy (dir.)
TENCHI MUYO! WAR ON GEMINAR Additional Voices FUNimation Entertainment
PRIMORDIA (VG) Cornelius Factorbuilt,
Primer
WadjetEye Games
ASTRO-CONS Dr. Garret Milson Inkcrayon Media
JIM AND THE FLIMS (AUDIOBOOK) Narrator Edge Studios/Audible.com
HOWCAST Narrator (various) Howcast Media
RED MONDAY Will English StarKnight Productions

Theater

Production Role Venue/Company/Director
KAIJU BIG BATTEL (ongoing) Lead Announcer Studio Kaiju
THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF ALL-AMERICAN GIRL AND THE SCARLET SKUNK Narrator Charles Battersby (dir.)
RUMORS Ernie Cusack Bill Balzac (dir.)
WHO LET THE DOGS IN Various Roles (revue) Bill Balzac (dir.)
THE CRUCIBLE John Proctor The Marymount School
PIPPIN Charlemagne The Browning School
INTO THE WOODS Wolf The Marymount School
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Gravis Mushnik The Browning School
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Pedant The Marymount School

Emceeing Positions

Venue Year(s) Event
CRUNCHYROLL EXPO 2017 CRX Chats, Mario Mashup, Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE
FAN WORLD 2017 Cosplay Contest
GRAMERCY THEATER 2016 Eir Aoi Concert
KOGARACON 2016 Masquerade
MIDWEST MEDIA
EXPO
2015 World Cosplay Summit US "Last Chance" Qualifiers/Finals
ANIME CENTRAL 2014 World Cosplay Summit US Finals
JAPAN EXPO USA 2013 Masquerade
T-MODE 2012 Masquerade
WASHINGTON DC SAKURA MATSURI 2012, 2014
Anime USA Fashion Show
ANIME EXPO 2011, 2012 AX Idol (2011), Masquerade (2012)
C2E2 2011 Masquerade, Daily Costume Contests
KATSUCON 2011, 2013-
2015
Masquerade (2011, 2013), Katsucon Idol (2014-2015), World Cosplay Summit US Eastern Qualifiers (2014)
ANIME BOSTON 2010, 2014-
2017
Masquerade
I-CON 28 2009 Masquerade

Education

  • New York University - Certificate in Editing, additional class in Production
  • Hunter College - Some college (including course in film, media studies and digital media)
  • The Browning School - High School Diploma
  • Saint David's School - Pre-K through 8th Grade

Training

  • Private Instruction by Bill Balzac
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (1998-2000) (instruction from Bill Balzac)
  • City Lights Youth Theater Group (1992-1997) (instruction from Lynne Wilson)
  • Additional VO Training courtesy of Edge Studios (2010; instruction from Kristin Price and Jay Snyder)
  • Self-trained for voice thru 2011; trained with the New York Conservatory of Music and private instruction 2011 to 2013 (pop/rock tenor)

Special skills and addtional notes

2013 World Karaoke Grand Prix COSPLAY Finalist → 2011 Next Broadway Star Semi-Finalist → AX Idol 2010 Singing Winner → Taekwondo Black Belt → character voices → writing/directing experience → 8+ years trade show booth staff/management experience → 10 years piano training → 14+ years Emceeing experience → experienced mascot
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