"The actor is the lighthouse of his country, civilization and age.  He represents the emotions we all feel, objectively.  He understands philosophy, psychology, history and religion.  He searches in total freedom of the imagination, with his heart, soul and mind, the living being: Man.  Our condition as a culture is represented through and by the actor; that is an actor's subtext.  It's a very serious, naked, risk-taking profession.  The true actor's eyes are his country's eyes." 
- Vincent Balestri
Vincent attended Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama, performing on the steps of the Art Institute during the 1969 Democratic Convention. 

He is best known for his original jazz play, Kerouac: the Essence of Jack, bringing to life the Beat Generation author of On the Road. Other original stage works include Red Earth: A Western Myth; Bukowski, Micheline and the First Amendment and Agnostic's Way. 
Vincent is featured in Beat Angel,  a full-length, independent film incorporating material from Essence of Jack, and the short films In the Garden Growing and Cat's Play. 
Vincent currently lives in Seattle, where ensemble work includes Our Town, at the Intiman, directed by Bart Sher, Waiting for Lefty with One World Theatre, directed by Shawn Belyea and The Eternal Vaudeville at the Moore Theatre, directed by John Longenbaugh. 
Vincent frequently works with the Caravan Farm Theatre of British Columbia, having appeared in Animal Farm, The Good Woman of Sasketchewan and As You Like It, all directed by Nick Hutchinson. Other favorite stage roles over the years include the lead in Charles Ludlam's Bluebeard; directed by Gary Pogrow at the Vancouver (B.C.) East Cultural Center and Peechum in Bertoldt Brecht's The Three Penny Opera, for Theatre Energy. In Chicago, he was nominated for a best-actor award for the role of “Old Buk” in Paul Peditto's BUK: The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski. 
Vincent founded Amaranth Theatre, directing Alice In Wonderland and St. Joan of the Stockyards. Vincent has served as an Artistic Associate at the Organic Theatre in Chicago and in Seattle he directed Unfair Arguments with Existence & a few Routines, a selected series of ‘happenings’ by Lawrence Ferlinghetti for A Theatre Under the Influence and Mercy for Beirut Wedding.  
In the ‘70’s Vincent served as national director for the touring children’s theatre, The Robin Hood Players. He has taught drama at Columbia College in Chicago and Malispina College in Naniamo, B.C. Vincent occasionally designs and conducts acting workshops and is available for individual coaching.