M ario Campanaro, founder of MC² Actors Studio, is a master teacher and coach with a profound and intuitive understanding of the human condition. He is a warrior for truth and authenticity.
He Re–Minds the actor:
“In everything that you perceive as your obstacle, lives everything leading you to your opening! It is your truth that is your perfection! Your willingness and courage to live your most authentic, honest, raw truth intimately with another in relationship to the given circumstances of a specific text…and to do so bravely and uninhibitedly within the complete unknown of each and every moment…is what makes the actor…an Actor.”
Mario began his work as an actor at the age of eight which put him on many prestigious stages throughout the country such as Circle In The Square Theater, Second Stage, Dodger Stages, New World Stages, The Daryl Roth Theater, The McCarter Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, The Kennedy Center, Classic Stage Company, The Steven Center, The Lark Theater, The Vital Theater Company, Centenary Theater, Pax Amicus Theater, Rattlestick Productions, and New York Stage and Film to name a few. He received his BFA in Drama at the acclaimed conservatory North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with legendary acting teacher Gerald Freedman along with many other prolific mentors from around the world. Following his training, Mario began teaching in NYC while also working as an actor on television, in film, and noted productions on and off Broadway. Some of his work includes Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Awarding winning Metamorphoses and The Odyssey, Jonathan Lynn’s A Mother, Daughter and A Gun, Daniel Goldstein’s Indoor/OutDoor, Brian Kulick’s The Mysteries, Patricia Wettig’s My Andy, Andrea Testani’s King Of Mackie Street, Jeff Lewis’ Elvis Everywhere, Michael Brealt’s Falsettos and Bad Blood, John Dillon’s Dead Souls, Gerald Freedman’s Brigadoon, Ring ‘Round The Moon and All’s Well That Ends Well, CBS’As The World Turns, CBS’ Guiding Light, Oxygen’s Instant Adoring Boyfriend, Knitting Is Dangerous, and Brian Antonson’s Frat Brothers Of KVL to name a few. He has also appeared in countless national and international commercials and print campaigns. After two decades in NYC, Mario moved to Los Angeles and opened MC² Actors Studio where he continues to teach, coach, and guide actors from all over the globe. Intensely passionate and sincerely dedicated to teaching, or being the “actor’s mirror” as he puts it, Mario uses his intuitive abilities and innovative teaching style married with the ingenious methods of Stanislavsky, Hagen, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner, Chekhov, Linklater, Rosenburg, and Alexander to help the actor learn the craft, free the instrument, and transform the actor’s work in exciting, reliable and unpredictable ways. He has worked with actors starring in acclaimed projects such as Reagan (MJM), DEVS (FX), Maniac (Netflix), Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros), A Million Little Things (ABC), The Flight Attendant (HBO), The Neighborhood (CBS), Lucy In The Sky (Fox Searchlight Pictures), The Thundermans (Nickelodeon), Bob Abishola (CBS), Designated Caretaker Redux , Shameless (Showtime), Legion (FX), El Tonto, Useless Humans, Step Up: High Water (YouTube Red), Dreamcatcher, Walking Dead (AMC), Faith, Notes, Manic, 7th & Union, Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch), Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man (The Paris, Vegas), Little Women LA (Lifetime) and Kendra On Top (WeTV) just to name a few. His teaching has been noted in Glamour, Cast It Talent, VoyageLA and ShoutOut LA. His private coaching work has recently been featured on Lifetime and WEtv. His personal story on healing has been featured in Golden Production’s Light The Path documentary.
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Amy Louise Pemberton
MC² Actors Studio Assistant Teacher
Amy Louise Pemberton has been training with Mario Campanaro since 2012 when she first moved to Los Angeles and is thrilled to be joining the MC² Actors Studio family as a member of the teaching staff. She is incredibly passionate about her work, loves being part of an ensemble and really enjoys delving deep to find the authenticity in our work and to deepen her understanding of what it is to be an actor. Amy graduated with a BA Hons from the Arts Educational Schools London in 2004. She has worked extensively in theater, television, film and voiceover in both the UK, USA and Canada. Leading roles in London’s Original West End Productions include Ariel in ‘Footloose’, Sherrie in ‘Rock of Ages’, Lorraine in ‘Jersey Boys’ and the title role in ‘Cinderella’. Further theater credits include ‘Grease!’ ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Dick Whittington’, ‘Sunburnt’, ‘In Touch’, ‘Notes In Heels’, ‘We Three’. She is currently playing the recurring role of Gideon on DC‘s ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ for the CW network. Other tv credits include ‘Scorpion’, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Commander: Blacklight III’, ‘Grown-Ups’, ‘The Royals’, ‘Suspense’, ‘GEGG Wars’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Doctors’, ‘My Parents Are Aliens’ and ‘Mysti’. Amy is also an incredibly well-known voice on video games such as Dr Grey in ‘Call Of Duty: Black ops – Cold War’, Penny in ‘Fortnite’, Slone in ‘Titanfall 2’, Elaena Glenmore in ‘Game of Thrones’, Private Sally Morgan in ‘Doctor Who’, Fiona in ‘Doc McStuffins’, Dorothy in ‘Tom and Jerry Return to Oz’, Loki in ‘Marvel Heroes’, Rameri in ‘Eleven Eleven’, Vanguard in ‘Dropzone’, ‘Unchartered: A Thief’s End’. Films include Stephen Soderbergh’s’ ‘The Laundromat’, ‘Sergio’, ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’, ‘24 Hours to Live’, ‘Geostorm’, ‘Zoo Keepers Wife’, ‘Storage 24’, ‘Azure’, ‘ABE’, ‘Kaufman’s Game’ and ‘If Only You Were Free’. Since graduating from ArtsEd, Amy has taught at numerous professional colleges in the UK including ArtsEd, Mountview, London School of Musical Theatre, Guildford School of Acting and West Suffolk College. She has worked as an Assistant Casting Director, Assistant Choreographer and most recently as a Producer. Amy is co founder and agent at a very successful London based Children’s Acting Agency & is also proud patron of ‘Headway – The Brain Injury Association.’ She has also trained in improv at UCB in Los Angeles.