John J. Concado was born in a city so nice, they named it twice. He is the son of Argentinian immigrants who still call him Juanjo, a proud life-long New Yorker, an avid photographer and a tortured Mets fan. John’s mother, Maria Teresa, is a NYC public school teacher and one of the main reasons he chose the noble profession of actor. He remembers going to see plays in both English and Spanish at a very young age thanks to her sacrifices and discounted TDF tickets. Even though he is a dog lover, he may have even enjoyed the musical Cats back then…maybe
John received his MA in Psychology from Columbia University before making the scary decision to do a career 180 and go back to his true passion. Though most aren’t aware of that fun fact, he is proud of having made that choice, against all odds and after rejecting lucrative corporate offers. His degree comes in very handy when breaking down characters and creating backstories, so it turned out to be a blessing. John was then awarded a scholarship for a MFA program and studied acting with Susan Aston (the late James Gandolfini’s coach) at The Actors Studio Drama School and then with LAByrinth Theater Co. under the direction of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He has worked extensively on stage throughout New York and considers INTAR and LAByrinth Theater Co. his artistic homes. John has acted in many on-camera national commercials for companies such as Verizon and Dunkin’ Donuts and is a sought-after bilingual voice artist. He loves doing VO work and never leaves home without some kind of microphone! He has even recorded auditions while on vacation in the most remote of areas. His most recognizable voice work to date is a global campaign for Gatorade starring soccer superstar Lionel Messi called “No te caigas” or “Don’t Go Down” as well as playing the role of Dr. Serrano in EA’s hit game, Dead Space 3. He is also one of the voices of the Fox Deportes channel and a featured character in an upcoming RockStar Games franchise.
John is a highly respected and reviewed theater actor (NY Times, TimeOut, BroadwayWorld) and recently finished playing a lead in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’ directed by Sherri Eden Barber. He has worked with such celebrated companies as The Public Theater, LAByrinth, INTAR, Two River, and Rattlestick and prides himself on the reputation he has built over years of hard work. Though the stage often calls, John dedicates more time to film and television these days. He is a lead in the feature ’42 Seconds of Happiness’ which toured the independent festival circuit and won various awards and is now available on streaming services. John also played the comedic lead in a viral sensation with millions of hits called “Argentinian Intervention.” It’s full of LOL moments and its success was even covered by the local news in Argentina. His next film out will be ‘Orgami’ in which he plays opposite Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead). It is a beautiful film from young visionary director Woonjae Park. John prides himself on his naturalistic acting and his range – from the darkest of dramas to the most ridiculous of comedies, in both languages! There is no role that scares him and he has seen and done them all…almost. Lastly, John encourages all to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry (right now even - click here). His experience with DKMS has changed his life and being a donor is much easier and less scary than people imagine.
ps: If you'd like to delve further into John's psyche, you can listen to the interview he did for Bernardo Cubria's theatre podcast 'Off & On': Listen on iTunes.