OUR 2015 REUNION THEME IS BLACK BUTLER!
R BRUCE ELLIOTT
During his rather long life, R BRUCE ELLIOTT has worked as a cab driver, fry cook, teacher, mailman, theme park manager, waiter, TV cameraman, construction photographer, popcorn seller, box office manager, library assistant, snack bar attendant, lumber grader, store clerk, phonebook deliverer and many other things. But for almost three-quarters of that life, he has considered himself first and foremost... an ACTOR. “Our Bruce” is a former member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and for over thirty years has been an active member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors. He is well known in the Dallas-Ft. Worth “Metroplex” for his theatre work, having performed in over 150 plays and musicals on virtually every professional stage in the area, not to mention winning three Dallas Theatre League acting awards for his roles as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and The Chairman inThe Mystery of Edwin Drood. During his five years in New York City in the late 80‘s, he traveled across the country earning standing ovations for his performance in the inspiring one-man play,I Am A Teacher. Besides theatre, he has also worked in movies (JFK; Fletch Lives; Dr. T and the Women; The Chase), television (Walker, Texas Ranger; Barney & Friends), radio, commercials, live industrials, video games and more.
But for the past eleven-plus years, Mr. Elliott has been building a reputation as a talented and versatile voice actor in some of the best-known anime series to come out of the hallowed halls of Funimation, where he has done most of the 150-plus shows and films he has worked on. His very first role, in 2003, was that of the comically inept detective Richard Moore in Case Closed. That gradually led to other roles, including samurai leader Kambei in Samurai Seven, Basque Gran in Full Metal Alchemist, Akatsuki in Galaxy Railways, Rousai in Baselisk, Vigo in Moon Phase, Mr. Saito in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Fei Wang Reed in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Wanyuudou in Hell Girl, Bookman in D. Gray-Man, Conrad in Romeo x Juliet (which he also co-directed with good friend Michael Tatum),The Narrator in Sgt. Frog, and of coursethe diminutive Tanaka in Black Butler. More recently, anime fans will know him as the voice of Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Doc in Robotics;Notes, guild master Makarov in Fairy Tail, Dot Pyxis in Attack on Titan, and The Narrator in Space Dandy. Mr. Elliott feels very fortunate to have found new life as a voice actor in the “second act” of his career, and he hopes to continue with it “until they pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands!” He particularly wishes to thank all the many wonderful (and only slightly crazy) anime fans who have said such nice things about him on fan sites and message boards, written him such great letters, and in general made him feel so appreciated for his work. And if you happen to be one of those wonderful fans, he would like you to know that you are totally appreciated right back!
A confirmed “homebody” who rarely attends anime events outside his native North Texas, R Bruce Elliott is utterly delighted to be making his first appearance at Shuto Con and thanks everyone who contributed to making it possible for him to do so.
Daniel Fredrick is a Philadelphia-based actor who originally hails from Kansas City, and is so pleased to be a part of his first convention here at Shuto Con! Favorite regional productions include Hamlet, Othello, Wind in the Willows, Diary of a Madman, The Venetian Twins (Quintessence Theatre), Henry IV (Shakespeare in Clark Park/Team Sunshine), The Winter's Tale, Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival) Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Watertower Theatre), Something Intangible, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Circle Theatre). In addition to his voice work on Black Butler, he has appeared in commercials for Comcast, ABC 6 in Philadelphia, and the Kansas Department of Transportation. He appeared in the PBS documentary feature Battle at Shiloh: The Devil's Own Two Days, and the feature film Treehouse, scheduled for release in early 2015. He earned his BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University.
E. JASON LIEBRECHT
E. (Ernesto) Jason Liebrecht has been working as an actor & performer based in Austin, TX for over a decade. As a voice actor, he has voiced quite a range of characters; some favorites include (but are not limited to): Souhei in Wolf Children, Takizawa in Eden of the East, Hei/The Black Reaper in Darker Than Black, Principal Ench/Ench-man in Shin Chan, Lavi & Millenium Earl in D. Gray- man, John Brown in Ghost Hunt, Train Heartnet in Black Cat, Vetti in Glass Fleet, Luck Gandor in Baccano!, Ashley Lynx in Solty Rei, Syaoran in Tsubasa Chronicle, Souhei in Baldr Force, Jeice in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Rob Lucci in One Piece & Finnian in Black Butler.
In the realm of gaming, Jason can also be heard as Liang in Waking Mars, Lo Wang in the new Shadow Warrior, Mordecai in Borderlands 2, Bane, Hawkman & Eclipso in DC Universe & Abel in Street Fighter IV & X Tekken, among others...
Jason is also a long-time company member/collaborator with world-renowned, devised/experimental, Austin-based theatre company, the Rude Mechs & as such has travelled extensively with their original productions; most recently appearing in the Lincoln Center-commissioned piece, Stop Hitting Yourself, in NYC & in Austin as the titular character in their profane adaptation, Fixing King John.
Additionally, he has a number of on-camera credits in independent projects & a few network co-starring roles on Revolution, Chase & the pilot episode of John Ridley's American Crime (in which he sincerely hopes to remain alive).
Lydia Mackay is a native Texan with deep roots in the live theatre scene. She has a BFA in Theatre Arts and an MFA in Acting, and has been 'treading the boards' for over 15 years. Primarily a stage actress, and a theatre teacher, Lydia got her start in the wonderful world of voice over when she auditioned for FUNimation's new show Dragon Ball Z (way back in the day). And since then, she has voiced over 80 characters on a wide range of shows. Some of her most notable characters include Trisha Elric/ Sloth for Full Metal Alchemist, Madame Red for Black Butler, Sis forEden of the East, Ukraine for Hetalia, Amalia Trohovski for Jormungand, Shion for Psycho Pass, Tsukiumi for Sekirei, and Naomi Miwa for the feature film Summer Wars. Lydia currently teaching acting and other classes at TCU in Fort Worth, is a private acting coach, and continues her own acting career on stages, in studios, and voice over booths across North Texas. And by the time Shuto Con is in full effect, she will also be a certified yoga teacher! She is represented by the Mary Collins Agency of Dallas and is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Lydia is THRILLED to be making her Con debut at the Shuto Con, because the best fans in the world, are ANIME fans!!!
Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 15 years. According to Anime News Network, she is currently the most prolific anime voice actress in the USA. As an actress for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, and Sentai Filmworks she has lent her voice to over 300 anime including: Air (Misuzu), Another (Mei), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Ren), Certain Magical Index (Index), E.F. a Tale of Memories (Chihiro), Excel Saga (Hyatt), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Full Metal Panic! (Kyoko), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/Belarus), High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Maria Holic (Maria); Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Treeya), Majestic Prince (Tamaki), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), Negima (Konoka/Kazumi/Satsuki), One Piece (Tashigi/Karu/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Noir (Kirika), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Princess Jellyfish (Mayaya), Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shinchan (Ai), Tsubasa (Sakura), Witchblade (Maria) and many more. She appeared on Toonami in Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Casshern Sins (Ringo), Soul Eater (Tsubaki) and FMA Brotherhood (May Chang). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai. She has also appeared in several video games including Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Comic jumper, and Borderlands 2. Be sure to come by and say hello!
Ian Sinclair has been voice acting for FUNimation since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he's been working in the Dallas area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas. He's performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic.
In addition to the recently announced Space Dandy in Space Dandy, a few of Ian's more popular anime roles include Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano, Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary, Orang in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Ian and Itomimizu in One Piece, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test, Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Colin in Level E, R in Jormungand, and as Takeru Ohyama in Maken-Ki! Battling Venus.
Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Baron Flynt in the video game Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, and as the "Cool" custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, both seasons of Black Butler, and The Shana movie.
Brina Palencia is an actress working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She has voiced numerous characters for anime and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater, Sora in Oh Edo Rocket, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Kai, Juliet in Romeo x Juliet, Miharu in Nabari No Ou, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in Baccano, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie inShin Chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and Zashikiwarashi in xxxHolic. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands, Gerda and Paper Lad in Comic Jumper, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final Fantasy Fables, the main player inMushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Duke Nukem Forever, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4.
She has also served as the ADR Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC (the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, D Gray Man, The Tower of Druaga, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario + Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai.
Brina just wrapped the first season of fan-favorite Star-Crossed for the CW. She has also had guest spots on the television series The Walking Dead, The Good Guys and Chase and has worked on several independent features: www.imdb.me/brinapalencia. She also produced her own musical comedy web series, The Troubadoors, which stars Brina’s beloved online personality, Kagura4221973. More info can be found at www.thetroubadoors.com.
J. MICHAEL TATUM
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/
Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.
Jamie McGonnigal is a voice actor, director, producer and organizer living in Washington DC with his husband Sean and dog Eli. He's known for his roles as Barry and Trip on Pokémon currently and has also been heard on Yu-Gi-Oh GX & 5Ds (Brron, Thunder, Blitz), Viva Pinata (Teddington Twingersnaps), Chaotic (Vlar), Weiss Kreus/Knight Hunters (Omi), Magic Users Club (Takeo), Kirby (Whippy), Big Windup (Kanou), Beck (Yoshito), El Cazador (L.A.) and PS2's Shadow Hearts from the New World (Johnny Garland).
Jamie lives in DC with his husband Sean and dog Eli. He works in progressive politics, fighting for LGBTQ equality and is a contributor to HuffingtonPost, LGBTQNation.com and The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress127.
MUSICAL GUEST OF HONOR - JENNIFER CIHI
Jennifer is best known for being the English dub singing voice of Sailor Moon on both the animated series and on the CD recording.
Jennifer Cihi has been performing since she was a young girl in San Francisco, California. Before reaching her teen years, she landed the role of Pepper in the National Tour of Annie. After establishing herself as a Broadway performer, she moved to Los Angeles, where she honed her skills as a professional singer. Without skipping a beat, Jennifer made the transition from stage to screen playing the lead singer on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show Roundhouse.
When not belting out ballads on the small screen, she was performing openings with legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith at the Hollywood Bowl. Some of her most recognizable recordings have been the famed Hot Pockets national jingle as well as national jingles for TV’s Third Rock from the Sun and Suddenly Susan. While in L.A., Jennifer landed the coveted title role of the English dub singing voice for the hit anime series, Sailor Moon. Her songs quickly became popular and cultivated a huge fan base. To this day, she is still being invited regularly to perform at national anime conventions.
Just over a decade ago, Jennifer said goodbye to Hollywood and made her home in Nashville, Tennessee where she is still singing. She has done extensive studio work in Music City and performs with corporate party bands, where she was introduced to renowned musician/songwriter Tommy Sims. She was invited to work with Donna Summer as a backup vocalist.
Jennifer’s creative soul and compassionate heart extends beyond the stage. Between gigs, Jennifer can be seen volunteering, working as a personal chef and creating her own jewelry line. Whether on stage, screen or serving others, Jennifer continues to rock her career as a professional singer!
Random (aka Mega Ran)
Random, aka Raheem Jarbo of Philadelphia is probably best known for releasing "Mega Ran," a hip-hop video game tribute album that caught the attention of international game developer CAPCOM, who offered young Ran an unprecedented licensing agreement. He's gone on to land viral fame with "Jeremy Lin Rap," a track that reached ESPN, ABC and more, and has landed tracks on shows like Tosh.0, 20/20 and more.
One of the few artists that is just as impressive at freestyle rap as written rhyme, the former teacher's high-energy shows and fun, nerdy persona have led to world tours, festival and video game tournament performances, and a legion of smart art fans he calls "Team Mega."
Ran continues to bend genre definitions and reality with each release, and the sky is the limit. Ran may have traded in the chalk for the microphone, but every song, every lyric, and every appearance is a lesson. School is in.
2d6 was born from the discovery of two magical six-sided dice, granting their holders the mystical powers of rap. Their rhymes are about the nerdiest of nerd subjects: geek girls, conventioneering, Boba Fett, daikaiju, and the like.
Do you like hip-hop? What about high-energy concerts? Silly hats? Do you enjoy eating candy? Do you simply need a place to sit and clip your fingernails? THIS CONCERT IS FOR YOU. You should probably swing on by and see the show. It's worth it. Trust me.
Be warned! Naughty language is involved. (16+ recommended)
Professor Shyguy's music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. His performance consists of singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time. Since the first album he has shared the stage with The Protomen, Peelander Z, Ellen McLain (aka the voice of GLaDOS), Samantha Newark (The voice of Jem of 'and the Holograms'), and more. Can be heard on songs with Mega Ran, Doctor Awkward, Beefy, Duane & BrandO, Kyle Hebert (The Narrator of Dragon Ball Z), Amanda Lepre (of Descendants of Erdrick), and more!
SUPER GUITAR BROS
The Super Guitar Bros are not actually brothers – they’re bros! Steve and Sam met back in 2007 at a local coffee shop where Sam was performing with a mutual friend of theirs. After seeing Sam’s classical skills, Steve knew they had to start making music together. During their first jam session, everything clicked. They’ve been playing together ever since.