Toni grew up in Rhode Island with her proud Italian American heritage playing a part in many facets of her life. Maintaining strong family ties, this only child has been cultivating her imagination since age 7 entertaining her family recording a fictional talk show voicing ALL seven characters. Thus, her acting career is comprised of 30+ years of credits in theater, studio and independent films, television, commercials, industrials and voiceovers. This SAG/AFTRA actress has been seen commercially as the face of iShares and the US Army and has been heard as the voice of Fidelity, Crestor, Humira, Walmart, Ford, Comedy Central, Cumberland Farms and Publix Market, to name a few. Theatrical credits include TV shows Law & Order SVU, The Blacklist, The Mysteries of Laura, Taxi Brooklyn, Blue Bloods, The Following and Nurse Jackie and the feature films Nasty Baby with Kristen Wiig, Alto with Diana DeGarmo and Annabella Sciorra, Where God Left His Shoes with John Leguizamo, Riding In Cars With Boys with Drew Barrymore and Hereafter (aka Faraway Eyes) with Christina Ricci, among others.
A passion for all things creative and a career in front of and behind the camera that spans over 20 years, Toni has worked as a Producer, Writer, Director, Script Supervisor, 1st AD, 2nd AD, HMU, Production Supervisor, Production Coordinator, Casting Director, Location Scout, Script Supervisor and Production Consultant as well as an Actor. She has extensive knowledge about the film and television business and is full of a variety of assets that make her "get it done" mentality unstoppable.
She began Shake The Tree Productions in the hopes of creating character driven projects with original stories full of ethnic diversity with non-gender specific hiring of cast and crew at equal pay. She hopes to keep the true meaning of independent film alive by adapting to today’s market trends utilizing all new media and its cutting-edge technology while staying true to the company’s motto…Dedicated to the art of storytelling. The company’s content is diverse and multi-award winning and Toni works hands on collaboratively with her writers, directors, filmmakers, content creators and editors from development to completion to ensure the highest quality results for the success of all projects. From the business side of contract negotiations and drafting deal memos to the creative side of pitch deck marketing materials to sizzles and trailers, she is an integral part of all the content that comes out of Shake The Tree.
Credits include ALTO, shown at over a dozen festivals and garnered 8 awards such awards as Audience Award Winner (Visionfest Domani Film Society Film Festival 2015) and Jury Award Best Women’s Feature (North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015) and Best Comedy at City of Angels women’s film Festival, among others. Alto was picked up for US and Worldwide distribution by the venerated company, Multicom Entertainment Group, and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, and other VoD platforms; THIS OLD HOUSE COTTAGE COMMUNITY IDEA HOUSE Five Part Series currently on YouTube and This Old House. The multi award-winning pilots SOBER, THE UNDESIRABLES, and MOOCH. The TV Pilot STAFF and unscripted pilots for FAMILY LOT, WHACKED! WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, and THE B & B DIARIES; as well an award-nominated music video, THAT WAS THE WHISKEY, for the critically acclaimed band Antigone Rising.
In development are several of her writing endeavors including the multiple award-winning screenplay AN UNFAMILIAR LIFE, FALLEN PRINCESS, ANGEL INVESTMAS, NO ALTERNATIVE and TAKE THE SHOT and additional in-house projects with her partners and collaborators, HONOR, RUNWAY COYOTES, KING KILLER, THIRD DATE, JUSTICE DELIVERED, TURN YOUR CLUTTER INTO CASH, THE DEMYSTICS, and many other projects on her slate for 2023 through 2028.
Toni continues to strive to give back by volunteering. She was a first responder after Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point communities; she worked tirelessly in conjunction with The Roxbury Volunteer Fire Dept. to help the community in its recovery efforts. She sponsors and supports the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org, Semillas de Amour https://www.semillasdeamor.org, SOSA https://sosatogether.org/contact, and teaches for The Picture House's Children's Filmmaking Camp Series https://thepicturehouse.org.
A proud member of NY Women in Film and Television, she has an immense respect for the collaborative process that drives her to continue discovering, learning and educating through artistic expression.
Unique traits: Develop. Create. Deliver. Inspire. Our goal is the development, acquisition and production of original content. Using our pool of resources, decades of experience and a myriad of assets, we are...Dedicated To The Art Of Story Telling. WE STAND BY... Encouraging Change. Demanding Equality. Embracing Diversity. Striving for Excellence. All through Content Creation and Storytelling.
TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Meet Tony The Price Crusher and his volatile Family Lot. Rescuing car dealerships one auto event at a time. With this group, the ride is never as smooth as the drive.
Film (Drama) Actress A close-knit trio navigates the idea of creating life, while at the same time being confronted with a brutal scenario that causes them to take a life.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. Written by John Craig
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Actress An improbable love, the mob and family non-conformity pave the way to laughter in this character-rich story that explores what happens when these worlds collide, landing us smack in the midst of two girls, one gun, and lasagna. Francesca "Frankie" Del Vecchio is adamant about life. Headstrong and passionate, she loves her family, her band, and her fiancé but disagrees with all of them about one thing: Mob Hit, a TV show that symbolizes the fetishizing of Mafia culture that, to Frankie, obscures all the more important aspects of the Italian-American culture she longs to feed her soul. But Frankie's abhorrence of--and her sister Heather's attraction to--Mob culture remain symbolic; that is, until Frankie opens the trunk of a rental car and finds her world turned upside down. In the days that follow, Frankie and Heather meet two people for whom the Mafia isn't a television show, it's their lives. Nicolette Bellafusco manages wedding bands and also happens to be the sophisticated daughter... Written by Mikki del Monico, Toni D'Antonio, Christian Ford, and Mark Dobies
Television (Action, Comedy, Crime and Drama) Actress TAXI: BROOKLYN is an action-comedy police procedural centered on the fractious, closely bonded partnership between a streetwise Marseilles-born New York City taxi driver and an intensely driven NYPD detective for whom this immigrant cabbie becomes chauffeur, insider on the streets, and unofficial partner. Written by Marine Lormant Sebag
The Mysteries of Laura
Television (Comedy, Crime and Mystery) Actress A single mom NYPD homicide detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys and locking horns with her less than helpful police detective ex-husband.
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance and 1 More) Actress A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent businessman and mastermind, "Red" Reddington, has allegedly been on the "10 Most Wanted List" of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. The legend is that Red is as elusive an Artiste as he is clever; Red built and controls a veritable labyrinth of creative enterprises coupled with uncanny ability to gather and finesse information at the drop of a hat. On the first day at FBI for a new female profiler fresh out of Quantico, Red offers to bandy wits with the FBI. Red promises to deliver various criminals and plots previously unknown to any branch of law enforcement... and all Red requests in return is to choose his muse. Written by LA-Lawyer
Television (Comedy and Drama) Actress A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress The FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Written by Jack
Television (Crime and Drama) Actress Blue Bloods follows the lives of the NYPD's First Family of Law Enforcement: the Reagans. Frank, the Police Comissioner and son of former PC Henry Reagan, must balance his duties of running the largest police force in the world and being his kids' boss. His daughter Erin is an Assistant District Attorney, son Danny is a senior detective and fellow Marine Veteran, and new Harvard Law grad turned cop, Jamie all swirl through this family drama and passionately defend their city from harm. The Irish-American family is deeply rooted in their patriotism, passion, and love of family.
Television (Drama and Comedy) Actress Recently divorced fireman Tommy Gavin, is coping with the fear of his job and the unease he feels watching his ex-wife as she starts to date other men. To better keep tabs on his ex and stay close to their three kids, he moves across the street from them. Written by Ramble000
Where God Left His Shoes
Film (Drama) Actress The boxer Frank Diaz loses his fight card on the Christmas Eve. He goes home and tells his wife Angela Diaz. Out of the blue, his family and he are evicted and they have to move to a homeless shelter with their children Justin and Christina. Frank has an application in a real state office that calls him to see an apartment. However Frank needs to have a labor contract to keep the apartment. Frank needs to finds a job on the Christmas Eve to have an apartment for his family. But it is not easy since he is illiterate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress A homeless man takes a newly homeless man under his wing and teaches him how to survive on the streets.
Maybe It's Me
Film (Comedy) Actress Thirty-something year old nebbish creates alter ego to do his romantic dirty work.
Riding in Cars with Boys
Film (Biography, Comedy and Drama) Actress Seriocomic story based on the memoir by Beverly Donofrio, the movie follows a young woman who finds her life radically altered by an event from her teen years. Born in 1950, Beverly grew up bright and ambitious in a working-class neighborhood in Connecticut; her father was a tough but good-hearted cop who listened to his daughter's problems, and her mother was a nervous woman eager to imagine the worst. From an early age, Beverly displays a keen intelligence and an interest in literature, and dreams of going to college in New York and becoming a writer. However, she also develops an early interest in boys, and at 15 finds herself madly in love with a boy from her high school. However, an attempt to get his attention leads to an embarassing incident at a party, and Ray, a sweet but thick-headed 18-year-old, steps forward to defend her. Beverly and Ray end up making out, and after one thing leads to another, Beverly discovers she's pregnant. Telling Ray is only marginally less difficult... Written by Anonymous
Film (Comedy and Music) Actress Final Rinse trails overly hard-boiled detective Max Block as he pursues big-hair rocker killer Trojan through a comedic mix of historic rock and roll performances, pop-culture references, and serious hair. Written by Robert Tucker
Colorz of Rage
Film (Drama) Actress When an interracial couple move to New York City from the suburbs of Boston, they are hit with a hard-core reality that they are totally unprepared for.
Giving It Up
Film (Comedy and Romance) Actress Meet Ralph, charismatic New York adman about town. Encouraged by his sexist boss and unlucky-in-love buddy Peter, Ralph's life revolves around the pursuit of the opposite sex. Enter his match, smart and beautiful account executive Elizabeth, who is put off by his sex-obsessed ways, convincing Ralph to see a therapist. Just when a relationship between the two begins to flourish, Ralph gets thrown together with supermodel Amber. Now Ralph has to decide whether to change his player-like ways or risk losing the one woman he truly loves. Written by Anonymous