Andrea Prestinario  |  Breakout Session

Andrea joins K. Woodzick for a session called "Queering the American Musical Stage"

About this session: In order for theatres and theatre leaders to understand the importance of queer representation, they must first understand the intersectionality of musical theatre, gender identity and sexuality. 

In this session, we will discuss queering the musical theatre medium and:
1)        Address the gender inequality in relationship to queer visibility
2)        Explore how queer casting can aid gender parity and resolve gender stereotypes
3)        Highlight the work theatres are already doing to queer the stage

As we catalyze on a movement of gender equity and queer inclusion, our aim is to inspire musical theatre writers to tell our stories, to encourage theatre leaders to champion queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, and to mobilize the industry to celebrate our diversity as an asset.

This is how we can kick (ball-change) the closet door open to create a vibrant, diverse musical theatre landscape for the future.

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About Andrea

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. Regional: Alison in Fun Home (Weston Playhouse), Eliza in Frank Galati’s My Fair Lady (Asolo Rep), Galati’s 1776 as Martha (A.C.T. in San Francisco and Asolo Rep), Maureen in RENT (Paramount Theatre Aurora), Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera Chicago – dir. Gary Griffin). Louise in Gypsy (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Violet in Side Show (Boho Theatre – Jeff Award). 

Ms. Prestinario conceived / produced sMOkeyTOWN: The Songs of Smokey Robinson, her tribute show to Smokey Robinson, which she originally premiered as a 60th birthday gift to her father. Celebrating Smokey’s historic songwriting canon, sMOkeyTOWN has played The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Mayne Stage, and Feinstein's / 54 Below.

Andrea received her BFA from Ball State University in Musical Theatre and Gender Studies and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. She is the co-founder of Ring of Keys: a collective of queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming artists working professionally in musical theatre.

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