About

Height - 5'9''
Weight - 140
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, and numerous promotional spots for FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT and ANIPLEX OF AMERICA.


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. Mario recently represented the United States and placed in the Top 3 at the WORLD KARAOKE GRAND PRIX COSPLAY sponsored by World Cosplay Summit and LIVE DAM.

Film/TV/Web:

Production Role Company/Director
Skeletor, Cobra Commander & Doctor Doom Conquer Hollywood Blvd. (web short) Cobra Commander DPiddy
Deadpool and Bob vs Zombies (web short) (Zombie) Batman DPiddy
Deadpool vs Free Comic Book Day (web short) Batman DPiddy
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 Anthony E.Willa Haas
YOUNG EISENSTEIN Proletariat NYU Student Film

Voiceover

Production Role Company/Director
Skeletor Conquers Comikaze Expo 2013 (web short) Skeletor DPiddy
Deadpool vs Blurred Lines (web short) Vocalist DPiddy
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
THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF ALL-AMERICAN GIRL AND THE SCARLET SKUNK Narrator Charles Battersby
RUMORS Ernie Cusack Bill Balzac
WHO LET THE DOGS IN Various Roles (revue) Bill Balzac
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
I-CON 28 2009 Masquerade
ANIME BOSTON 2010, 2014 Masquerade
ANIME CENTRAL 2014 World Cosplay Summit US Finals
ANIME EXPO 2011, 2012 AX Idol (2011), Masquerade (2012)
C2E2 2011 Masquerade, Daily Costume Contests
JAPAN EXPO USA 2013 Masquerade
KATSUCON 2011, 2013, 2014 Masquerade (2011, 2013), Katsucon Idol (2014), World Cosplay Summit US Eastern Qualifiers (2014)
T-MODE 2012 Masquerade
WASHINGTON DC SAKURA MATSURI 2012, 2014 Anime USA Fashion Show

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 → video/audio editing experience → 10 years piano training → 11+ years Emceeing experience → 6+ years trade show booth experience → 3+ years as a Samsung Brand Ambassador