Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary

Rinska Carrasco Prestinary
Associate Artistic Director, Ensemble Member (2017-present)

Rinska Carrasco is a Dominican-American who is proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Gray Talent Group, Teatro Vista and Collaboraction. A Columbia College Directing Grad, she has worked alongside companies such as Chicago Shakespeare, Adventure Stage, Goodman Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Steep, Stage Left, and Something Marvelous among many others both on and off stage. Selected directing credits include: The River Bride (Halcyon) Heat Wave (Steppenwolf Garage), Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman (Halcyon). Past selected production credits include: Taming of the Shrew Assistant Director (Barbara Gaines/Chicago Shakes), Romeo and Juliet Directing Intern (Marti Lyons/ Chicago Shakes), Fishmen Assistant Director/ Casting Director (Goodman Theatre/Teatro Vista). Select acting credits include: Roots in the Alley (Adventure Stage) In the Time of the Butterflies (Teatro Vista), She Kills Monsters (Steppenwolf Garage). She has also been seen on Chicago P.D, Empire, A.P.B and CHI-IRAQ

Rinska studied under Sheldon Patinkin, Joanie Schultz, Kimberly Senior, Edward Torres, Candido Tirado, Marti Lyons, Johnny Mac, David Woolley, just to name a few. "Without this foundation of people that have staggered in my life, I would not be the artist I am today."

Special thanks to Tony Adams for taking a chance on me. To my family the Prestinary-Bateman's, our fur babies (Bella and Sparky), my amazing agents over at Gray Talent, Marti Lyons/Brian Keys for being my artistic support system, my family at Halcyon, my talented actors/designers and my loving future husband James Bateman, whom without him, I am lost. And of course the biggest thanks goes to you, our community/ audience and supporters. We do this work to connect with you, to engage in conversation and open ourselves/our hearts.

Bio as of
March 2017