|Years active 1987–present|
|Name Mateo Moreno|
|Full Name Matthew Aaron Moreno|
Born May 23, 1978 (age 37) (1978-05-23) Independence, Missouri, United States
Occupation Actor, Producer, Director
MATEO MORENO | Vitiligo Anhelo
Mateo Moreno (born May 23, 1978 in Independence, Missouri) is an American Actor and Filmmaker based out of New York City. He grew up in the midwest town of Independence, once home of Harry S. Truman and Ginger Rogers, and attended Fort Osage High School and briefly attended Longview College and The University of Missouri Kansas City.
In 1997, Moreno starred in his first film role, The Witness, a docudrama chronicling the story of the Pequot War of 1636. Although it was never nationally released, it played to sold out crowds at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. After that, Moreno starred in several local Kansas City productions, and independent films. He then moved to New York City, attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then, he's starred in National Tours, Off Broadway and Off-OffBroadway productions including originating the role of "Grip" in The Pig, or Vaclav or Havel's Hunt for a Pig,, The Rocky Horror Show, World Gone Wrong, All in the Timing, and starred in several independent and studio films. In 2004, Moreno formed his first production company, Films by Candlelight and made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy, Days, which he also wrote & co-starred in. It also included a soundtrack by Kristie Stremel, Exit 159, Jill Stevenson, and Go Betty Go. His second film was his first of several horror short films, Surrender and he followed that up with two more short horror films. Most recently as an actor, he was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Featured or Cameo Role of a Play or Musical , for his role of Ricky in the play, Fix Number Six.
In 2007, Moreno started A FIVE DOLLAR BILL, which has produced the short comedic film Deadbeat, the horror film Avenue A., and his first play HAPPILY AFTER TONIGHT,, a fractured fairy tale fight show. His second play BOHEMIAN VALENTINE, was workshopped as a staged reading by Boomerang Theatre, in 2012 and a longer version of it was produced by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, where it won Outstanding Direction of a Staged Reading: Kent Burnham and was nominated for Outstanding Overall Staged Reading and for Best Actress: Tracy McDowell. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.