Since landing her first professional role in New York in 1995, Gina Tognoni has spent three decades working as an actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As an actress, Gina has been blessed to work in theater, film, and television. Her credits include the feature films Pride & Loyalty and In the Family and TV hits The Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, Fast Lane, This Time Around, and Phenomenon. However, Gina is probably best known for her roles on One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and The Young & the Restless, where her performances have garnered five Daytime Emmy nominations and three wins, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2017. Away from the set, Gina has worked with numerous charities, including the American Red Cross, the ASPCA, the HandsOn Network, and the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. In 2013, she undertook her most ambitious philanthropic endeavor to date – Sole9 Shoes. Working alongside her father, uncle, and brother, who have been in the shoe business for four decades, Gina spearheaded the design and launch of a line of women’s shoes which she christened Sole9. Since its founding, Sole9 has contributed a portion of profits from every pair sold to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
KRISTIN SKYE HOFFMANN is the Founding Artistic Director of Wide Eyed Productions 2007-2017 in New York. She is currently the Artistic Director of Wide Eyed West, a branch of the original company which is based in Colorado. Kristin is a film & theatre director/producer. Her work focuses on the development of original works as well as the reimagining of new classics. She is a successful acting/audition coach and her students have been invited into graduate programs and master classes as well as plays, film, and television productions including Law & Order, Blue Bloods, 30 Rock, The Incredible Kimmy Schmidt, and many more. She holds an MFA in Directing from New School for Drama in New York and a BA in performing arts from The University of Northern Colorado. She was awarded the Best Directing Award from the New York International Fringe Festival in both 2012 & 2016 and her short films and web series have been accepted into many film festivals around the country.
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