M ario A. Campanaro, founder of the international MC² Actors Studio and MC² Repertory Theatre Company, is a master acting teacher, playwright, director, producer and artist life coach with a profound understanding of the human condition. He is internationally regarded as a creative warrior for humanity, truth, artistic integrity, authenticity and the glorious craft of acting.
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 where he opened MC² Actors Studio, which has just been welcomed into the highly respected School & College Listings World Wide Directory as an esteemed performing arts school for professionals. 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 acting methods and teachings of Konstantin Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Bobby Lewis, Gerald Freedman, Cigdem Onat, Yuri Belov, Tantyana Belov, Matthew Bulluck, Marty Rader, mask and mime work of Bob Francesconi, form and movement work Felix Ivanov, period & style work of Leslie Hunt, stage combat and rapier & dagger work of Felix Ivanov and Dale Girard, Fredrick Matthias Alexander technique work of Jacklyn Maddux, and voice and speech work of Kristin Linklater, Cicely Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Leslie Hunt, Mary Irwin, and Barney Hammond to help the actor learn the craft, free the instrument, and transform the actor’s work in exciting, reliable and unpredictable ways. Mario continues to teach, coach, and guide actors from all over the globe and 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), Criminal Minds (CBS), Legion (FX), El Tonto, The Girl In The Pool, Useless Humans, Step Up: High Water (YouTube Red), he Disappointments (Award Winning Youtube Webseries), Dreamcatcher, Walking Dead (AMC), Faith, Notes, Exposure, Manic, 7th & Union, Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch), Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man (The Paris, Vegas), Savannah, 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, ShoutOut LA, and Bold Journey Magazine. 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. He wrote, directed and co-produced the play Over The F#(%!ng Rainbow, Somewhere, which made its intensely moving and highly successful world premiere at the Flight Theatre in Hollywood, California. His newest plays, I’m Fine Mabel, Sincerely. Seriously., Pure Goodness, You Will Not Be Using My Bathroom, and The Skeleton Scenes are presently in workshop.
Mario A. Campanaro
MC² Actors Studio Master Teacher
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