With co-founder Royer Bockus, Andrea has launched RING OF KEYS: a collective of queer women+, trans, and GNC artists working on and offstage in musical theatre! The mission of RING OF KEYS is to build a supportive, national network for its members, as well as serve as a hiring resource, through its public Member Directory, for those looking to work with professional artists who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, femme, trans, and non-binary.
Andrea was selected as one of 10 artists for Ping Chong & Company’s Fall 2017 DEVISINGHub, an incubator for new, innovative performance works. Throughout the four weeks, Andrea explored her theatrical piece PROJECT35: an exploration of childfree womanhood at 35 - whether by choice, indecision, fertility trials, singledom, or another of a myriad of experiences. PROJECT 35 is an interview-based text and is currently in progress.
Andrea, along with collaborator Matt Renskers, have created a monthly Play Reading Series entitled The Social Justice Warriors Salon. The SJW Salon partnered with the Climate Change Theatre Action Festival for the month of November to read aloud a collection of short plays, designated by the Festival, which address climate change. The CCTA Festival is a worldwide festival created in support of the 2017 United Nations COP23 meeting chaired by Fiji and hosted in Bonn, Germany.
Andrea had the utmost honor to be asked to sing “Hallelujah” at the memorial service for the LGBTQ rights activist, Edie Windsor. Andrea’s performance followed the eulogy given by THE Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton!! See the full live stream video here, from Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
What a night! sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson, made its Feinstein’s / 54 Below debut on Smokey’s 77th Birthday. It was so epic, we ran out of goodie bags! Andrea assembled a team of 11 people to celebrate Smokey’s historic songwriting canon and his undeniable stamp on the American Songbook. Check out pics and video clips from this magical concert.
Andrea has been a Playbillies fan for some time, so getting the chance to sing a sultry That Old Black Magic accompanied by Mike Rosengarten was a big check mark in her book. And after toasting Tammy Grimes, she’s a fan of her too.
If you see something, say something: Andrea’s the face of BOSSFACE! The company JUSTWORKS launched their subway ad campaign this spring and #BOSSFACE is as popular as Joey Tribbiani’s STD poster ad from Friends… except in a good way. Find out more about the subway campaign here.
Andrea will be bringing her show sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson to 54 Below this coming February 19th, 2017! As this 54 Below debut falls on Smokey’s actual birthday, expect one hell of a party! Lots of special guests announced soon so check back!
Stage & Candor - an online publication focusing on intersectionality and inclusion issues in the performing arts - interviewed Andrea and her partner, Klea Blackhurst, for their latest feature. Check out the spread and their discussion that touches on queerness in musical theatre, Ethel Merman, and even Klea's rock collection (much to Andrea's surprise). The article also includes photos of Andrea & Klea in their Harlem brownstone.
As part of “LezCab Sings the 90s” at Le Poisson Rouge. Andrea sings a tune by one of her favorite singer/songwriters, Ani DiFranco. LezCab produces cabaret, new works, and re-imagined classics by, for, and about queer women in theatre.
Thanks to Richard Rockage, Andrea was invited to sing on this year’s Carols For A Cure album - Volume 17. The annual CD of original and traditional holiday music benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Andrea contributed vocals to “O Holy Night” (featuring Broadway’s Cast of Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and “Happy All The Time” (featuring Perez Hilton). The digital download can be purchased on Amazon.
Andrea debuted sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson to an enthusiastic crowd at The Laurie Beechman, with musical direction by Ian Weinberger (Hamilton, Book of Mormon), special guest Jeremy Morse and a 5-piece band. Check out a clip here.
Prestinario returns to Chicago to sing Smokey Robinson's Motown sounds
“Five months after Palos Heights native Andrea Prestinario performed to acclaim in the Paramount Theatre’s production of the rock musical “Rent,” she has returned to star in a solo show tribute to Motown legend Smokey Robinson.”