Voice Artist Guests

Click each name to learn more.

Billy West

Billy West was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. Best known for his work on Ren & Stimpy, West has a career in radio and television that began in the 1980’s when he did comedic impersonations for Charles Laquidara’s Big Mattress morning show on Boston’s WBNC FM radio network. By the mid-90s, he had moved to doing impersonations of Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott on The Howard Stern Show, giving him greater exposure. From there, West became involved with the Nickelodeon shows Doug and Ren & Stimpy. Portraying the title characters on both shows, Billy West saw his voiceover work reach an even larger, yet younger audience. This led to Warner Bros. hiring him for the film Space Jam in 1996. Featuring Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes, West voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, two characters whom he has sporadically voiced throughout the next decade. He is also known for his portrayal of Philip J. Fry on the cartoon Futurama, which began in 1999 and has continued on through a number of changes through 2012 and currently airs on Comedy Central. In addition he is also the voice of the iconic Red M&M.

Annie Wild

Annie is a voice, theatre and film actor based in Houston, TX. She has performed in NYC, Los Angeles and several cities throughout Texas.  She can be heard as Beta in Eminence in Shadow, Menou in The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Maaa in Made in Abyss, Hatsuka in Call of the Night, Frill in Oshi No Ko, Flora in Farming Life in Another World, Nerula in Akiba Maid Wars, Ichika in Ya Boy Komgming and Cheryl in Vermeil in Gold among others. She was most recently a guest at Anime Boston and you can find her on twitter at @annie_inthewild. 

Catero Colbert

Catero Alain Colbert is an actor best known for playing Killer Bee on Naruto Shippuden, he also plays Darui on the same show & Ouetsu Nimaiya in Bleach: Sennen Kessen-Hen. He played Tom Staton on Showtimes Roadies and Harley on TNT’s Briarpatch.
He was Dedrick on Freeforms Love in the time of Corona. Played Coldcast in Superman vs the Elites. He has guest starred on Shameless, Training Day and several other shows.

Cricket Leigh

Cricket Leigh is known for voicing Mai in “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. Her talented voice can also be heard on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch and as Barbie on Fixing Rhonda.

She has been involved in many video game projects as well. You can find Cricket’s voice on games such as Red Faction II, Lost Planet, Saints Row 2 & White Knight Chronicles.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through the world! With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. 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, and he even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He is proud to be a part of the new “Pink Harvest” productions for Sentai Filmworks, in the roles of Izumi Sena in Lovestage, and Yabase in Hitorijime My Hero. This year he was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his all time favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. Some other recent favorites 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 of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.

Jennie Kwan

Jennie Kwan, a native Angelino, started performing at the age of 11 years old in the performing troupe, “Kids of the Century.”  Audiences first recognized Jennie when she played the lead role of “Kim” in the first National Touring Company of “Miss Saigon” having landed the coveted role after producer Cameron Mackintosh conducted a worldwide search.
Jennie was then introduced to television as series regular, Samantha Woo, the wacky singing sensation on NBC-TV’s situation comedy, “California Dreams” which aired for five successful seasons and then onto world-wide syndication.  Some of Jennie’s other television credits include The Rookie, New Girl, Anger Management, and The Nanny.  Some film credits include “Promoted”, “Entourage”, and “Trojan War.”

For two years Jennie traveled with “Faces of America,” a one-person show regarding diversity and tolerance in America.  She was an original cast member of “Bare, the Musical” and had a short stint in “Jewtopia” both shows having successful runs on Off Broadway.

Jennie toured the United States with the Broadway Tony Award Winning Musical, First National Tour of “Avenue Q” getting the chance to play the role of “Christmas Eve.”  As well as becoming a puppeteer and playing the role of “Mrs. T”, “Bears” and Others.”

Jennie was a proud member of Hollywood Record’s vocal group, “Nobody’s Angel” who earned a Gold record for performing two songs on the “Princess Diaries” soundtrack and was a co-creator for the pilot, “Nobody’s Angel” television network ABC Family. And Disney lovers have been fortunate to see Jennie ride the magic carpet as “Jasmine” in Disney’s musical spectacular “Aladdin.” Many may also know Jennie through her vast voice over work.   She lends her voice to the character, Suki, on Nickelodeon’s hit animated series “Avatar: The Last Air Bender,” In 2023 you can hear Jennie as Chun-Li in Sthe highly anticipated video game Streetfighter 6.  Jennie also voices Thirteen/ “Scissor Seven”, Mayuko Nise / “High Rise Invasion”, Inosuke’s Mother, Kasuski Soldier/ Demon Slayer, Tsukuyo Amane/ Magia Reord 2, Aqua Current/ “Accel World”, Kakushi and Innosuke’s Mother/”Demon Slayer”, Sakuya/”Eureka Seven”,  Tsukuyo Amane/”Magia Record”, Sonoko Suzuki/”Case Closed:  Episode One-The Great Detective Turned Small”, Ayako Mitsuzuri and Otoko Hotaruzuka/”Fate Stay Night”, Soatoko Hojo/”When They Cry”, Nori Sakurada/”Rozen Maiden”.  As well as Jubilee/MARVEL Super War:  Jubilee Build and Power Core, Aina/”.hack//G.U.:  Last Recode”, Eunice/”Rune Factory: Frontier”.  And these are just to name a few!

John Gremillion

John Gremillion is a stage, film and voice actor who has been working in anime for over 20 years, providing voices for dozens of popular anime titles for ADV, FUNimation, Okratron 5000, and Sentai Filmworks. John’s most popular roles include Gentle Criminal in My Hero Academia, Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Roland Chapelle in Food Wars, Arthur Randall in Black Butler, and D in Sentai’s recent re-release of Vampire Hunter D (Nomination – Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Feature Film, 2015). Other roles include Nakeshi Hirokawa in Parasyte: The Maxim, General Liver in Akame Ga Kill!, as well as roles in Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Fire Force, Log Horizon and many others.

A professional video editor for over 20 years, John worked on the supplemental materials for ADV’s 2010 release of Halo Legends and for FUNimation’s release of Assassination Classroom Vol 2. He studied film at The University of Texas at Austin and Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School of Drama.

Juliet Simmons

Juliet Simmons is a voice actress and popular YouTube cover artist with over 10 years experience in both arenas. Singing anime and vocaloid covers under the name JubyPhonic, she currently has 1.15 million subscribers and 100+ covers that have broken 1 million views on YouTube. In addition, she has voiced in 120 different anime dubs with her most notable roles being Kitty (Hello Kitty & Friends), Chiyo Sakura (Monthly Girls Nozaki), Eiko (Ya Boy Kongming), and Mem-cho (Oshi no Ko).

Kimberly Yates

Kimberly Yates is a New York based actress. She can be seen in the upcoming films The Three Resurrections of Anika Blue and Best Mom Friends with Michael Rappaport. Some of her favorite projects include the LA premiere of TheMistakes Madeline Made by Elizabeth Meriweather creator of New Girl, the New York Premiere of Fabuloso at the Irish Repertory Theatre, playing opposite Jim Parsons in The Cherry Orchard and opposite Bradley Cooper in The Woolgatherer and appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers. She can be heard in tons of anime features including Evangelion, Gunsmith Cats and Read or Die for which she won the Dubbie for Best Voice Actress in a Leading Role. She’s the acting coach for clients including A$AP Rocky, Jack Whitehall and 2 time Emmy winner Tamara Braun. She gave a TedTalk called Re-Learning Forgiveness. Kimberly wrote La Joie: A Play About Suffering which you can see in NYC. Follow @playlajoie and @kimberlyyat on instagram and threads for more information.

Kyle Colby Jones

Kyle Colby Jones has been in the voice acting and anime industry as a director, writer, producer and actor since 2007. 

Some of his more notable recent anime series include: Made in Abyss; Reincarnated As A Sword; Haikyu; Akame ga Kill; Parasyte; No Game No Life; Food Wars; GATE; Umaru-chan; Monster Musume; My Love Story; Log Horizon; Mr. Tonegawa; Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun; and Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?.

Kyle has directed several classic titles as well, including: Saint Seiya; Air; Kanon; Madlax; Kino’s Journey; Phi-Brain; and the stupendously amazing Papuwa. Also included in Kyle’s library are several feature films, like: Girls und Panzer Der Film; Short Peace; Martian Successor Nadesico – Prince of Darkness; and Gintama: The Movie.

Kyle has also served as writer/director on many theatrical live-action dubs, such as: Dark Water; Gamera – Attack of Legion; Gamera – Revenge of Iris; Ghost Train; Conduct Zero; Synesthesia; Guns & Talks; and Big Bad Mama-San.

Kyle also enjoys creating altered content and special features. Such as Mad Lax Sock Puppet Theatre, Conversations with SSS, and Lake Texarkana Gamera.

Visit Kyle’s sites: 


Mark X Laskowski

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mark has been working in the Houston theatre and entertainment community since he moved there thirty years ago. Then working in the oil industry, Mark began his career in anime voice acting. Mark is also very involved in theatre. His first notable role after moving to Houston was Chuck in Theater LaB’s Avenue X, where he met his wife of eighteen years, Julia. He is very proud of his most recent production with her Tenderly, a two person show about the life of Rosemary Clooney. Mark’s other stage work has been with Theatre Under The Stars’ Hands on a Hardbody and with Mystic Cat Society in Covidious and soon The Gator Conspiracy, both original musicals performed at MATCH. In 2004, Mark was cast in a 10 month national tour appearing as Ike in the Broadway production of OKLAHOMA!  Mark also fills his time designing, building sets and furniture, cooking, and gardening.

Natalie Rial

Natalie Rial is an American Voice Actress from Houston Texas; she began her journey into this wonderful industry in 2013 at the ripe age of 17. After a small break from 2013 to 2016 she jumped back into her career bringing you the voices of characters such as: Kana Arima from Oshi No Ko, Nazuna Nanakusa from Call of the Night, Rui Tachibana from Domestic Girlfriend, Momo Deviluke from Motto to Love Ru, Tione Hiryute from Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon, Nanako Yukishiro from Senryuu Girl, Shenhua from Shenmue the Animation, and so many more!

Other shows include: Food Wars, Mother of the Goddess Dormitory, Log Horizon, Kageki Shojo!!, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Fragtime, Assassins Pride, O Maidens in Your Savage Season, Ao-chan Cant Study, 3D Kanojo Real Girl, BanG Dream, Girls Und Panzer, Gate, Golden Time, and Amagi Brilliant Park.

Olivia Hack

Actress Olivia Hack got her break playing adorably Cindy in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. She made her film debut in Star Trek: Generations, playing the daughter of Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard.

Olivia is best known for providing the voice of iconic characters like Rhonda Wellington Lloyd in Nickelodeon’s classic, Hey Arnold!, Bratz as Chloe, and Nickelodeon’s hugely successful Avatar: The Last Airbender as Ty Lee, young Jedi Katooni in The Clone Wars, as well as numerous other video games, animation, and television appearances.

Olivia Swasey

Olivia Swasey started working in anime when she was just a kid doing bit parts and walla. In 2018 she graduated into larger roles such as: 3D Kanojo Real Girl (Ishino); Release the Spyce (Katrina); Revue Starlight (Maya Tendo); and 7Seeds (Ran). She has also appeared in BanG Dream! (Yukina Minato), Bloom Into You (Midori Igarashi), Land of the Lustrous (Morga), and To Love-ru (Aya). She loves doing yoga and making brownies. She is always looking forward to her next project!

Shannon D. Reed

Shannon D. Reed is an ADR Director and Filmmaker. He has been involved in film for 17 years, and for the past 10 years, Shannon has been working in the anime industry for Sentai Filmworks. 

Some of the shows he’s directed, include: Oshi No Ko, Call Of The Night, Urusei Yatsura, Ya Boy Kongming, The Executioner And Her Way Of Life, Alice In Borderland, Saiyuki Reload Zeroin, the most recent dub of the 1986 series: Saint Seiya, Chihayafuru (Seasons 1-3), Golden Time, Run With The Wind, School Live, Anonymous Noise, Shirobako, Tsurune, Blade Of The Immortal, Girl’s Last Tour, Real Girl, Ao-Chan Can’t Study, Tamako Love Story, Scum’s Wish, Hakumei And Mikochi, Armed Girl’s Machiavellism, Onigiri, Kampfer, Flying Witch, UQ Holder, Assassin’s Pride, Shikizakura, Mother Of The Goddess’ Dormitory, along with many others.

Shannon studied at HCC as well as the Art Institute of Houston, where he received a BFA in Fine Arts for Digital Film & Video Production. He has worked on various projects outside of the anime industry, working in the camera, lighting, and grip department, as well as writing and directing for numerous film projects, concerts, live events, short films, and promotional videos. He has also worked on a few video game titles such as, World’s End Club, Labyrinth Of Galleria, and Monark as the English ADR Director.

For a complete list of his works, you can checkout http://www.animenewsnetwork.com

Twitter: @shannondreed

TikTok: @shannond.reed

Twitch: TheArcadePrince

Instagram: thearcadeprince

Jennifer AuBuchon

Jennifer AuBuchon is a Dallas/Fort Worth based Voice Actress, Singer, and Streamer. With more than 5 year in the industry she strives to always put her best foot forward while providing quality content. Over the years she’s had the pleasure of voicing many wonderful characters such as Toko Sakurai from ‘My Senpai is Annoying’, Touko Fujiwara in ‘Natsume’s Book of Friends’, and The Goddess in ‘Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-‘. plus many more.

When she’s not in the studio you can usually find her streaming online, recording vocal covers, or helping coordinate local anime conventions. Every journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step and, she’s happy to be taking this step forward and joining the convention scene as a guest!

Twitter: @JAuBuchonVO

Twitch: Xionfox

John Swasey

Chairman of Anime Dallas and Anime Houston, John Swasey started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds of shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime. Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.

Jay Hickman

Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 300 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has voiced a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Green Dragon Shiryu in Saint Seiya, the Fishmen Choo and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Coach Naoi in Haikyū!!, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Arthur Lynch in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, Crusty in Log Horizon, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Kaoru Hanayama in Baki the Grappler, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Floki in Vinland Saga, among many others.

Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action features Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as video games Unlimited Saga and Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness.

Jay had his Cartoon Network (Toonami) debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!, Taneo Tokuda in My Hero Academia, Zongquan in Shenmue The Animation and most recently, Majikaja in Made In Abyss.

Christine Auten

Christine Auten started her career in anime back in the crazy 1990’s. In the over 20 years since she has been fortunate enough to have worked on hundreds of anime and live action titles as a voice actor, scriptwriter and voice director.

Some of her more familiar anime characters include Esdeath in Akame ga KILL!, Eia Arakawa in Doreiku (The Devil’s Line), Anna Winehouse in Hero Mask, Miranda in Venus Wars, Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh, Izumi Curtis in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Priss” Asagiri in Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Barbara Fuccon in The Fuccons Oh Mikey!, Teresa in Claymore, Angelica Burns in Coyote Ragtime Show, Diana in Eden of the East, Keiichirou in Ghost Stories, Hope and Lady Death in Lady Death, Ozen in Made in Abyss, Limelda Jorg in Madlax, Azalie in Orphen, Edel and Uzura in Princess Tutu, Elvy Hadhiyat in RahXephon, Kurenai in Samurai Gun, Sister Noélle Bor in Trinity Blood, Maria in Vexille

Some other titles include: A Tree of Palm, A.D. Police, Air, Air Gear, Angelic Layer, Aquarian Age, Aura Battler Dunbine, BASToF Syndrome, Chrono Crusade, Cyberteam in Akihabara, D.N.Angel, Divergence Eve, E’s Otherwise, Elfen Lied, Excel Saga, Full Metal Panic!, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, Godannar, Moby Dick, Kaleido Star, Martian Successor Nadesico, Misaki Chronicles, My Beautiful Girl Mari, Negima!, Neo Ranga, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Noir, One Piece, Pani Poni Dash, Peacemaker, Princess Nine, Rune Soldier, Saint Seiya, Saiyuki, Samurai, Shadow Skill, Sister Princess, Sorcerer Hunters, Steel Angel Kurumi, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super GALS!, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Utawarerumono, Wandaba Style, Yesterday, and Yugo the Negotiator.

%d bloggers like this: