DAVID ELLENSTEINDAVID ELLENSTEIN (Director, Words by Ira Gershwin) is pleased to be making his directorial debut at the Colony Theatre and to be working with his dear friend Barbara Beckley. David directed the premiere of Words By Ira Gershwin at North Coast Rep in 2013, and has subsequently directed productions of it at Park Square Theatre in Minnesota and Portland Stage in Maine.

As Artistic Director of North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach CA since 2003, he has produced over 100 productions and directed more than 40 there. Favorites include Faded Glory, Becoming Cuba, and Mandate Memories (World Premieres), Time Stands Still, My Name is Asher Lev, The Drawer Boy, Becky’s New Car, Ghosts, The Tempest, Madagascar, A Shayna Maidel, Rashomon, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Collected Stories, Romeo and Juliet, and Story Theatre.

Elsewhere, other directing credits include Sonia Flew starring Lucy Arnaz; Halpern and Johnson starring Hal Linden and Brian Murray; The Chosen starring Theodore Bikel and John Lloyd Young at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse, Rocket City (World Premiere) and Honky Tonk Angels at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alexandros (World Premiere) at Laguna Playhouse, A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre, Halpern and Johnson at Portland Stage, Conversations With My Father at Portland Rep, Rabbit Hole at Actors Theatre of Phoenix, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Renaissance Theatre, and productions at Great Lakes, Southwest, Nevada, and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festivals.

David is the former Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Repertory Company and the Arizona Jewish Theatre. He lives with his beautiful wife Denise and their amazing sons Jamie and Will in Carlsbad CA.


April, 2015