Andrea Prestinario is an award-winning actress, singer, and producer who is New York City-based and Chicago-grown. As an artist and activist, she strives to push society to a better place through LGBTQ activism and women’s advocacy in the theatre.
Ms. Prestinario began her professional career at age 11 performing in the children’s chorus of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Chicago Theatre (Livent Productions) starring Donny Osmond.
Regionally, she is best known for her work as Alison in Fun Home, both at Baltimore Center Stage and Weston Playhouse; Eliza in My Fair Lady, both at Asolo Repertory, directed by Frank Galati, and at Paramount Theatre Aurora, directed by Jim Corti. Additionally with the legendary Mr. Galati, Andrea played Martha in his new adaptation of 1776 - a co-production with A.C.T San Francisco and Asolo Repertory Theatre. At the Lyric Opera Chicago, Andrea played Gertie in the Gary Griffin-directed Oklahoma!, which was the inaugural production of the Lyric Opera’s celebrated Rodgers & Hammerstein series.
A Jeff Award-winner for her work as Violet in Side Show at Boho Theatre in Chicago, Andrea was an acclaimed actress of the Chicago theatre community before transplanting to New York. Favorite Chicago credits include: Louise in Gypsy at Drury Lane, Maureen in RENT at Paramount Theatre, and Thea in Fiorello! at Timeline Theatre.
Ms. Prestinario conceived, wrote, and produces sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson, her tribute show to Smokey Robinson, which she originally premiered at Mayne Stage in Chicago as a 60th birthday gift to her father. With musical direction by Ian Weinberger (Hamilton), sMOkeyTOWN has played The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Feinstein's / 54 Below, Beverly Arts Center (Chicago) and Metropolis Arts in Arlington Heights, IL .
She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Ring of Keys, a national network of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming artists working on and offstage in musical theatre. Ring of Keys strives to kick (ball-change) the closet door open to create a vibrant, diverse musical theatre landscape for the future.
Andrea is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Musical Theatre and Gender Studies from Ball State University and a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, where she studied under the tutelage of such luminaries as Amy Morton, Sheldon Patinkin, Kimberly Senior, Jane Alderman, Jonathan Berry, K. Todd Freeman, and Tim Hopper.
She resides in Harlem.