• Funny & Heartwarming
• Commercial Chameleon
• Super Improvisor
• Voice skills
- friendly - quirky - raspy - relatable
- some français & italiano too
“Dina Pino... a commanding presence... Reminiscent of Gilda Radner”
- The Toronto Star
I'm an Actor with two decades plus of professional experience as a performer as well as behind the scenes
in Television Production, continually maneuvering between the two.
I’ve had Lead Roles in more than 35 U.S. and Canadian Commercials – Tide, Ford, Walmart, Rogers, Interac, OLG, The Source, Toyota, Tim Hortons, to name a few, and worked with The Second City Toronto for over 6 years as a Lead Cast Member in The Canadian National Touring Company – we toured everywhere, MainStage Understudy and Leads in Tony & Tina’s Wedding – performing more than a thousand shows over the years! Crazy fun!
I've got a skill for comedic timing, taking on strong, quirky and endearing characters and improvising with heart and humour on demand, delightfully connecting with audiences, giving them an engaging experience.
My TV roles seem to mimic my actual life – I'm a Mom of two very active kids, and I often play the “Totally Frazzled Mom” type as in my Guest Roles on Emmy nominated Workin' Moms on CBC, Fir Crazy for Hallmark Channel USA, and recurring appearances on Emmy winning Odd Squad -PBS/TVO.
I also have a deep history working the other side of the camera, with a B.A. in Television Production and years of work with the CBC. I know just about every aspect of the biz, and have held positions ranging from live award shows to production finance management – I can wrap cables or dive into a show budget like a boss!
I'm continually creating and pitching prizewinning show ideas to broadcasters and production companies, going on to development stages, like – The Dessert Club – Winner of WIFT TV Grant, and Céline Poutine – Finalist Big Pitch Innoversity Conference.
I love creating content with fast turnarounds like the Podcast #MamasDoinWomanhood (AppleMusic, Spotify, iHeart Radio) and #Momday (momday.ca)
And check out my Writing page to see the love I've got for writing all sorts of things! For individuals and small businesses; Bios, Online Content, Marketing and Whatchamacallits - You name it, I'll writer it!
– Did ya know ? –
I’m ½ Italian, ¼ French–Canadian and ¼ Canadian–Canadian
I speak English, French and Franglais – (official language)
I speaka Italiano and uza my handza
I use Yiddish daily – thanks to my childhood Montreal friends – It's a real Mitzvah!
A selected cast member of The Banff Centre, WIDC – Beautiful place to work
A Lead Farcical News Correspondent in the CBC Pilot – The Truth About – Official & funny is something I like