We are happy to introduce you to some awesome creators in the arts and animation worlds. We plan to have one of the best guest lineups you could want, including voice actors, writers, and directors.
Tyler Walker is an ADR director, line producer, script writer and voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. A native of East Texas, he grew up spending equal time playing in the woods, playing Atari, and watching cartoons like Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Star Blazers, and Battle of the Planets. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film, he spent time playing in bands and eventually started working as an ADR engineer and production assistant at FUNimation in 2002. A bit of trivia: His former band, The Pointy Shoe Factory, had three songs featured in Dragon Ball Z Movie Eight: Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Since then, he has worked as ADR director on nearly one thousand episodes of such series as Baccano!, Toriko, Ghost Hunt, Basilisk, Black Cat, Samurai Warriors, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hell Girl, Is This a Zombie, Kado: The Right Answer, Tales of Zestiria, 91 Days, Dies Irae and King’s Game. Currently, he’s directing two simuldubs; Hakyu Hoshin Engi and Basilisk: Ouka Ninja Scroll. In addition to directing and producing, he has also written hundreds of scripts for titles such as Fairy Tail, One Piece, Bamboo Blade, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hero Tales, Shangri-La, Samurai Warriors, and both seasons of Is This A Zombie. When he’s not at the FUNimation studios, Tyler plays drums and produces music for his bands, Wirewings and 100’s. His wife, Heather, has appeared in several titles like Maken-Ki, Shangri-la, Fairy Tail, Toriko, and Overlord as well. Somehow they still find time to go play in the woods with their three dogs.
Heather Walker loves the freaks, the geeks, and the oddballs. From birds and giant rats, to tortured mystical children and sexy nurses, she has played a wide variety of roles in her time as a voice actress. Whether she is screaming her head off for an entire scene or being innocently naughty, Heather loves extreme characters. Some of her roles include Hiruko from Shangri-La, Aki from Maken-Ki, the misunderstood villain Mary Hughes in Fairy Tail Rina in King’s Game, “Wise King of the Forest” Hamsuke in Overlord and Zoe, the revolutionary girl, in the audio play Chimpanzee. She studied creative writing at the University of North Texas and besides voice acting, Heather is a writer, poet, birdwatcher, and environmentalist. So not only does she love voicing animals, she loves protecting them too.
CDawgVA “Connor Colquhoun” is best known for his YouTube videos and voice-over work. Where he is often absurd and over the top, whilst discussing Otaku related topics. As well as his popular anime character impressions-based series. He has currently amassed a following of over 450,000 subscribers on YouTuber alone.
Brittany Lauda is a TX/NY voice actress & ADR director who is best known for playing Ichigo in DARLING in the FRANXX, Riko in Made in Abyss, Leviathan in Seven Mortal Sins, Kei Sakurai in Dies Irae, Lion in Hina Logic, Nene in My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Audrey Belrose in Huniepop/Huniecam, Osana Najimi in Yandere Simulator, Miza Kusakari in Tokyo Ghoul:re, Kaoru Daichi in Ladies versus Butlers, and Mirim in Queen’s Blade (to name a few!). You can also catch her voice in Pokemon XY, Hasbro apps & games like My Little Pony and Transformers, Aphmau animations as Cathy and various video games like Battlerite, Heroes Arena and Minotaur. Other anime credits of hers include Juden-Chan: Recharged, Rio: Rainbow Gate, World War Blue, Fairy Tail, Gosick, King’s Game, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Citrus, Overlord, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls and more. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting for titles like YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, Marooners, Minotaur and anime series like Ai No Kusabi, Ladies versus Butlers, Juden-Chan Recharged and World War Blue. She acts as Head ADR Director over at Media Blasters and has worked on titles at Funimation as a director/AD such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, The Morose Mononokean, Hina Logic, Alice & Zoroku and New Game!
Outside of voice over & directing, Brittany enjoys playing with her Shiba Inu named Raven, playing video games, trying not to play more World of Warcraft, squeeing at how cute Gon & Killua are in HUNTERxHUNTER and telling herself she doesn’t need more figurines of husbandos like Hisoka and Kurama. Check out BrittanyLauda.com for more credits, or follow her on twitter (@BrittanyLaudaVO) for shenanigans.
Matt Shipman is a Texas and New York based Voice Actor, ADR Writer, ADR Engineer, and all around nerd-guy. He is best known for voicing Shay Obsidian in Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V, which is currently airing on NickToons. Additionally, he can be heard in DARLING in the FRANXX as Hiro, GOSICK as Kazuya Kujo, Juni Taisen as Snake, Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast as Byakuya, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These as Julian Mintz, Ai no Kusabi as Norris, World War Blue as Gear, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls as Tadanaga, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru as Higekiri and several other anime including Attack on Titan, Black Clover, and One Piece. Matt writes scripts for Funimation (New Game!!, A Sister’s All You Need., KARAKAI JOZU NO TAKAGI-SAN) and Media Blasters (Juden-Chan, Ai no Kusabi) and works as assistant director for Media Blasters titles. He also co-owns Kocha Sound alongside Brittany Lauda. Matt plays Street Fighter, loves the Zero Escape and Persona series, watches seasonal anime, plays card games, and loves to talk about all things nerdy. Talk to him on Twitter (@MattShipmanVO)!
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.
Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
Recently Gigi also helped crowd fund over $101700 for The Circuit. Edgley’s team additionally raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critic’s Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe.
Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything YouLove, 4.48 Psychosis,The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables. She also recently sung at Stan Lee’s Birthday and was selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Denny’s Illic. Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. Check out her website at: GigiEdgley.Com
Frenchy and the Punk
New York based Frenchy and the Punk’s show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris’ Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals that just might make you lose your mind. They are a quirky, genre-bending and theatrical act. This dynamic duo is a favorite at alternative conventions across the U.S. and in Europe like DragonCon, Steampunk World’s Fair and FaerieCon. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F! http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com
Presenting Japanese native and New York City based Electro-Pop singer, “renireni” Reni Mimura! Reni is well known for her futuristic adorability, profound concepts and a high-energy onstage presence. Born and raised in Japan, Reni got her big break after she won a talent search competition in 2006. That same year, she released her first CD in Japan, which was produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed several songs for the anime movie – Pokémon movie song of : Make a wish. Reni relocated to New York City in 2008 bringing her unique style of Moe entertainment to the United States. She was quickly recognized as a leader of the Moe Revolution, and soon gained a following of devoted fans called “Angels”! As her fan base increased, so did attention from the U.S. and Japanese entertainment industries. In 2010 the National Broadcasting Television Station of Japan (NHK) made two documentaries on Reni’s career in America and the impact of her performances on western audiences and the fashion industry. Reni has released two CDs in America: Sakura in 2009 and Hybrid Girl in 2012. Hybrid Girl, blends eastern Moe concepts with fun western electro-pop dance beats and features popular tracks like “Secret”and “Rock Paper Scissors”. In 2010 she published her first photo book called Maid in NY. Gamers know Reni best from her work on the Just Dance video game series, where she sings popular songs such as: “Chiwawa”, “Oishii Oishii”, and “Sayonara”. “Chiwawa” has proven to be a breakout hit, and was featured on an episode of Showtime’s Ray Donovan!
In 2013 Reni founded the first official Maid Café in New York City, which garnered a great deal of press and recognition. In 2015 Reni and the Café were both featured on ABC’s Nightline. Reni is constantly touring prominent Anime conventions and other music events across the nation.
Beginning with a popular iPhone 5c commercial in 2013, Reni has been featured in several American TV commercials and independent films. She’s even appeared as a stand-up comedian at Carolines on Broadway! Currently, Reni is working towards expanding her acting career. She hopes her Angel (That’s YOU!) will be inspired when they see her take on new roles. In 2019 Reni started her own YouTube Channel! Her videos combine a fun Japanese Anime style with American life. Don’t take your eyes off of Reni!
Mason Lieberman is an anime composer and recording artist most known for his work composing on series like Rooster Teeth’s RWBY and Beyblade Burst Evolution, amongst many others. As a cellist, guitarist, and vocalist, Mason has had the great pleasure of working with a wide variety of film and gaming franchises, with personal favorites including The Rising of the Shield Hero, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise, Riot Games’ League of Legends, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Hell’s Kitchen, and God Eater. Mason’s panels provide a deep-dive perspective on scoring in the anime and game music industries. You can usually find him on Twitter or Instagram (@masonlieberman), or on Facebook (masonliebermanmusic).
Texas-based actor Wendy Powell absolutely loves what she does, performing in all forms of media: film, television, radio, narration, and video games. But where her character-creating skills truly come to life is in anime! Mirroring the shapeshifting abilities of her iconic Fullmetal Alchemist role Envy, she changes her voice into anything and everything imaginable, including quirky robots, mysterious omnipotent aliens, little old fox ladies, wispy exorcists, and everyday human beings. Wendy attended Texas Christian University, majoring in Theater. She’s also an alumna of the Disney College Program, studying editing on The Rocketeer and The Rescuers Down Under. After graduating in 1993, she’s worked steadily as a professional actress ever since.
In 2000, Wendy first began working with Funimation as Amick Hendar in Blue Gender, and from there she just kept on going! Her most well-known roles include Ilena in Claymoire, Mukuro in Yuyu Hakusho, Miss Merry Christmas in One Piece, and as a “guest star” Popuko in Pop Team Epic! Of course, Wendy’s vocal transformations can be heard in so much more, including My Hero Academia, Overlord, Space Dandy, Fruits Basket, Case Closed, D. Gray Man, Fairy Tail, Sengoku Basara, Prince Adventures, Sgt. Frog, and… well, how much time do you have, because at over 120 titles, this list could go on for a while…
Wendy has also performed in videogames such as The Gunstringer, Bloodrayne 2, Spikeout: Battlestreet, and as the enigmatic “Watcher” in Borderlands: The Pre Sequel. She confesses that, while she plays characters in videogames… she’s kind of bad at actually playing videogames. (^_^;)
Wendy’s passion for acting is matched only by her passion for teaching. For over a decade, she has taught middle school theatre, grateful for the opportunity to educate and encourage young actors. She also loves meeting people at conventions, which lets her share her love of acting in person. When not behind the mic or in front of the classroom, Wendy enjoys the outdoors, reading nonfiction, and floral design. She lives in Dallas with her husband, her seven-year-old son, and a menagerie of animal companions: a black Labrador, a white German Shepherd, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, and a turtle (named Crusher).
Jessica Cavanagh is a Dallas-based theatre artist, voice actor, and writer. As a staff writer with Funimation Entertainment, she’s adapted hundreds of episodes of Japanese anime for an English-speaking audience (some favorites are Golden Kamuy, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Sakura Quest, and Fuuka) and she’s also worked extensively as an actor in their English broadcast dubs, voicing roles in Attack on Titan (Carla Jaeger), Fairy Tail (Aquarius), Steins;Gate (Moeka/Shining Finger), Black Butler (Paula), One Piece (Curly Dadan), My Hero Academia (Inko Midoriya, Izuku’s sweet mama!), Karneval (Iva), Katana Maidens (Akane Origami), and many others. Her play, Self-Injurious Behavior, which is based loosely on her own experience as the parent of her autistic son and favorite human, Elijah, was just presented off-broadway at Urban Stages in NYC in April 2019. Jessica is passionate about telling women’s stories now that she’s actually tried it and she’s pretty determined to spend the rest of her life doing as much of that as possible!
Greg Ayres has been blasting his way into 2019! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in the DragonBall universe in DragonBall Super as Frost, and equally excited blasting bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. Some other recent roles include Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, Yabase in the upcoming dub of Hitorijime My Hero, and even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks” at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from that show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen –from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage ofThe Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.