SD Voyager Magazine: Conversations with David Ellenstein

SD Voyager Magazine
Published October 4, 2021

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Ellenstein.

Hi David, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was born into a theatre family and have followed this career path since a child. Born in NYC and raised in Los Angles, my entire life has been immersed in theatre and film. I began my tenure as Artistic Director here in 2003 after a career in regional theatre throughout the country as a freelance actor, director, artistic director and theatre teacher. My wife Denise and I decided to settle in this beautiful part of the world once we had children.

The North Coast offer made that possible. North Coast Repertory Theatre was founded 40 years ago by Tom and Olive Blakistone who wanted to bring quality theatre to North County San Diego. North Coast Rep has developed into one of the leading professional theatre companies in the county, employing top actors and directors from throughout the country as well the best local theatre artists.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?