Gina Artese is a SAG-AFTRA actress, ballet dancer and singer who most recently booked the role of "Miss Clara" in Run The World, a tv show on Starz directed by Millicent Shelton and written by Leigh Davenport. Before that she played the "Seatless Woman" in Nicholas Stoller's Netflix comedy series Friends From College , then a dancing/singing cat in the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She was seen on NBC's The Blacklist as a ballerina and on TruTV's Impractical Jokers as herself---the girl who got pranked with a hotdog. Gina later went on to do a follow up show to Impractical Jokers called the "Punishment Special" where she was interviewed about being a fan favorite. She was the face of WE TV's Bridezillas and was seen competing on FOX’s celebrity reality dating show The Choice in 2012. Gina was a featured ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s award winning Black Swan (2010). You can see her on the dance floor in Something Borrowed and as a ballerina in Our Idiot Brother.
In the winter of 2009 she had a national Old Navy commercial airing on television. Gina has played “Tina” in the off-Broadway show Tony and Tina’s Wedding and was also seen in the Macy’s campaign commercial with renowned rap singer Diddy in 2007-2008. She has been a lead dancer in such feature films as Summer of Sam by Spike Lee and Nicholas Hytner's Center Stage. In 2019, Gina performed in the chorus/ensemble dancers of My Princess Diana, a musical theatre show created by Kirk and Scott Pfeiffer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Gina has been a professional ballet dancer since she was 17 years old. She has danced professionally with Kansas City Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Morphoses Company and Twyla Tharp. In 2014 she performed in Charleston, South Carolina's Spoleto Festival where she performed in Kirk Sprinkles' musical theater production The Charleston. Gina also guest starred as a dancer on The Kennedy Center Honors which aired on CBS and also danced Don Quixote with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival of Scotland in 2006.
Ms. Artese has modeled in editorial features for Dance Magazine, Nylon and W Magazine. Gina has also modeled in runway shows at New York Fashion Week for Ms. Cheesecake, Indashio Batori, Solerra, Malene Grotrian and Lynn Park. She danced in Kate Spade’s fragrance campaign/video “Twirl” and was featured modeling clothes for designer Susan Beischel on the Martha Stewart Show.