has an extensive background in theater from set building, lighting, and stage managing to acting. He has worked under the direction of notable Chicago theater artists including Chuck Smith, Gloria-Bond Clunie, Harry Lennix, Gregory Alan Williams, and Luther Goins in productions such as A Soldier’s Play, Fences, Master Harold . . . and the Boys, Guys and Dolls, Parade, Once on This Island, and many others. Preston also studied improvisation at The Second City.