Stef Dawson is an award winning actress, known most notably for playing 'Annie Cresta' in The Hunger Games Series, as well at the lead in numerous independent films including 'The Paper Store' opposite Penn Badgley, for which she won a best actress award at Oxford International Film Festival, as well as the lead in 'Painted Woman', a female driven western now available on STARZ. Growing up in Australia, she fell in love with an obscure sport called 'Vaulting' (gymnastics on horseback) and still loves to ride. As well as acting, Stef studied Opera extensively and can sing in many languages, including Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Stef Dawson has a passion for female driven, diverse and complex stories that shine the light on our humanity to find beauty in the broken bits. Selected as one of 8 women for the Australian International Women in Screen Workshop New York, led by female film and television professionals, she has now transitioned to writer and filmmaker as well as acting, her writing is informed by a career as an actress and a determination to tell vital stories in today's world. She is now a finalist in the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship with her screenplay 'Two Bridges', which tells the story of an isolated opera student who forms a friendship with an elderly Chinese woman living in 'Two Bridges' New York. Penned before and during the pandemic and the loss of her sister, Stef hopes this film will demystify the 'other' and when the world teaches us to build a wall, build a bridge instead.
Gianina made her acting debut in the supporting role of ‘Alice’ in Manicure (2023). She began her modeling career in 2021, after graduating university and interning for supermodel and entrepreneur, Coco Rocha. Since moving to NYC, Gianina has worked on commercials, print ads and music videos for clients such as Clinique, L’Oreal brands and Atlantic Records. She began acting training with Kimball Studio in the winter of 2022 while balancing a career in Medical Biotechnology.
Gianina has spent many seasons as a volunteer and mentor in multiple humanitarian and service endeavors. She earned a dual BS in Biosciences and Healthcare Ethics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia while maintaining a variety of internships and scholastic awards.