Julio Vincent Gambuto began his professional training as a film and TV director in 2012 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is now completing his third year in the MFA Production program, where he was the recipient of the Harold C. Lloyd Foundation Scholarship and the prestigious Annenberg Fellowship.
Currently, Julio is producing 'Datura' — a USC thesis film, directed by Amanda Milius, written by the director and Jonathan Eisenman. In 2013, Julio sold his first television concept to a major NBCUniversal cable network. He is set to direct his thesis film, shooting in New York, in 2015.
Prior to film school, Julio was an actor and did standup comedy in New York and Los Angeles. His hit one-man comedy, 'Julie from Staten Island,' ran monthly in NYC's Times Square for two years. He also served as a writer and segment producer for 'Behind the Lyrics,' which was awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Julio is proud to be the co-founder of TAYPE, an after-school performing arts program for LGBTQ teens in New York City, now in its tenth season serving hallmark New York gay institutions like Harvey Milk High School and the Ali Forney Center.
Julio earned his BA cum laude in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, where, upon graduation, he was awarded the Caroline Isenberg Prize for contributions to the performing arts.