Guests

Linda Ballantyne

Linda Ballantyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon/Serena), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), Cyberchase (Wicked), Corduroy (Moppy’s Mom), Timothy Goes to School (Fritz’s Mom), Air Master (Kaori Sakiyama), Bakugan (Kararina), Beywheelz (Leader B/Lucy), and Animal Shelf (Getup), as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, The Doodlebops, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, and more. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Disney’s Lucky Ducks (Reporter), Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot (Champ Bear), Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie (Champ Bear) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (Percy).

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe, Katie’s film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She has sung numerous radio jingles and voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials. She still continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars in the hit show Sailor Moon, she’s also known for her portrayal of Alex in Totally Spies, Yoko in Team Galaxy, Zair in Redakai as well as voicing Julie and Sellon in Bakugan Battle Brawlers and Hikaru in Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper” in Emmy award-winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked and The Dating Guy.

Stephanie Morgenstern

Stephanie Morgenstern

Stephanie Morgenstern is an award-winning actor / screenwriter / filmmaker and a two-time Genie Award (Canadian Academy) nominee. She was designated “National Indie Treasure” by Toronto’s eye magazine, profiled in Voir magazine as a “New Face to Watch,” and selected as one of three “Great Expectations” filmmakers at the Telluride International Film Festival in Colorado.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Morgenstern began her acting career when she was 15. She has worked extensively on stage, film, and television in both English and French. Her most widely seen feature film credits have been The Sweet Hereafter, Maelstrom, Revoir Julie, and Forbidden Love. She got her BA in English from McGill University, and studied drama at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. She then moved to Toronto to pursue her MA at York University’s Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought.

Karen Bernstein

Karen Bernstein

Karen Bernstein portrayed the voice of Sailor Mercury for the first three seasons of the North American version of Sailor Moon. An accomplished voice actor, Karen also was the voice of Kitty in Hello Kitty, Tara and Jett in Bevery Hills Teens, Olivia Owl in Birdz; Mrs. Settergren in Pippi Longstocking, Maggie in Little People, and Tessie Bear in Noddy – to name a few. Karen has also voiced numerous guest roles in a variety of other animated series. A stage actor as well, Karen performed in regional theatres across Canada throughout her acting career, and is an alumnus of the renowned Second City improv comedy troupe. She transitioned a number of years ago to the other side of the audio booth, first as a voice producer and now a voice agent. She is very excited to be making her Sailor Mercury ‘debut’ at Anime Expo 2014.

Susan Roman

Susan Roman

For Susan Roman, nothing compares with the joy of working in animation – which is exactly what she’s done for most of her adult life. Let’s be frank: some of her projects didn’t exactly go on to become household names. Piggsburg Pigs, with LA director Stu Rosen at the helm, comes to mind. But it was during that series (recorded ensemble, which hardly ever happens anymore) that Mr. Rosen introduced the concept of the key phrase – possibly the best tool ever invented to keep a voice actor on track, and something which she has never forgotten.

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He started on stage at the age of 8 playing the lead role of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Confederation Centre for the Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island. He then moved on to performing in many Canadian series as a guest star as well as US features. Toby played Dirk Tackleberry in Police Academy: The Series. He also voiced Flash in the Flash Gordon animated series in 1996. Most notably, he voiced the character Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon. Although he spends most of his time working behind the scenes in casting these days, his most impressive production to date is raising his three little ones, Sydney, Ellie, and Sam, with his amazing wife Kaite.

Mary Long

Mary Long

Mary Long began her acting career at the age of 8 when she ­­­starred as the title character in live action/puppet series, Maggie Muggins on Canadian Broadcasting Network. From there she continued working in television, films, and radio.

In addition to her many radio dramas and television commercial appearances, she is especially known for her voiceover work in series such as Sailor Moon, Beyblade, Harriet the Spy, The Adventures of Richard Scarrey and many , many more.

She continues to work in the Theatre and has graced the stages of Can Stage, Tarragon, Young People’s Theatre, and the Shaw Festival, and Winnipeg’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. Ms. Long is the proud owner and operator of StageCoach Theatre Arts School in Toronto, Ontario which trains kids in acting, dance, and singing with an emphasis on performing in the musical theatre.

Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin

With over thirty years of experience as an actor, writer and animation voiceover performer, Ron Rubin’s versatility continues to garner international recognition. The recipient of numerous awards for his work on television, radio and stage, Ron’s unique and original vocal characterizations can be heard in countless animated shows including series leads in the Emmy award-winning Beetlejuice (Doombuggy), X-Men (Morph) and Avengers (Vision), C.O.P.S. (Dr Badvibes), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Ananconda (Uncle Nicky), Police Academy (Lt Mahoney), Kratts’ Creatures (Ttark), Captain Flamingo (Quantum Vigilante), SideKick (Master XOX) and the recent Care Bear’s ‘Big Wish’ movie (Messy Bear) just to name a few. Anime-wise Ron has voiced Exostriker and Stronk in Bakugan, Mechtanium Surge in Hello Kitty among many others. But one of his most popular characters continues to be Artemis the cat, which he voiced throughout the entire run of the original Sailor Moon series. Ron studied acting at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York and has performed with the renowned improvisational troupe Second City as well as having toured North America as a featured Stand Up performer. Ron has recently created and optioned a new animation series of his own.

John Stocker

John Stocker

For over 4 decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry. He began his career as an on-camera performer, working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, William Shatner and Mark Wahlberg, before settling solely, but comfortably into the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. Stocker is most recognized for some of his classic roles – Beastly in Care Bears, Longarm in COPS, Toad in Super Mario Brothers, Newton Gimmick in The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Creed in X-Men, Basil in Babar, Bugsy in Dog City and both Naga and King Zenoheld in Bakugan. Still busy today, John is the voice of Mr. Owl in Franklin, Mission Control in Rob the Robot and Mayor Swift in Sidekick.

Kimura U

Kimura U

While being active both as the fashion model for Harajuku style magazines such as KERA and as the creator/artists of such fashion culture, Kimura U’s talent attracted the attention of the government. In 2009, she was officially appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as “Kawaii Ambassador” with a mission to represent the pop-cultures of Japan to the world. Throughout her appearances at large scaled fashion and pop-culture events all over the world, including the guest appearance at “Paris Collection,” she became a pioneer in spreading the “Kawaii” culture to the world. In 2013, Kimura U collaborated with KOKKA to create an original line of patterned textiles. AX2012 guest LiSA’s photobook released last fall, “Kyou mo Ii Hi da” (Today is also a good day), also featured Kimura U’s illustrations on the cover. Also in 2013, Kimura U just launched original brand, KOKOkim. The “Moeru Harajuku = MoeHara” brand concept blends design elements from Akihabara and Harajuku.

Saaya Hayashida

Saaya Hayashida

Growing up with both parents working in the fashion industry, producer of “Swankiss,” Saaya Hayashida (pictured above), has been influenced by fashion her whole life.

In April 2012, Saaya appeared in a Fashion/Brand Producer Audition on TV Tokyo. After going through a very selective process for 6 months, she finally won the audition title. Shortly after she won the audition, she started the “Swankiss” brand and opened her first store in Shibuya 109.

Swankiss is clothing for the dreamy moments of girls all around the world, and the space where girls can be girls forever and shine like a swan. With “Romantic Vintage” as its theme, Swankiss offers fantasy-filled items that contain one-of-a-kind lace patterns and vintage-inspired details.