Chairs Laura Applegate and Sarah King graced the Gala, celebrating its 41st year in 2023. Honorary Committee members were Alexia & Paul Anas, Katherine & Dr. Tom Foster, and Jeanie & Gerry Ranglas.
Over 200 guests were present for the Gala, North Coast Repertory Theatre's major fundraiser each year. This year, Darlene Marcos Shiley was recognized as San Diego's Champion for the Arts, an award presented to individuals who have given an extraordinary measure of the time, talents and dedication to benefit visual and performing arts in the San Diego Region.
Through years of tireless effort and generosity, the individuals receiving the prestigious San Diego’s Champion for the Arts Award have improved the quality of life in San Diego. Darlene Marcos Shiley will be the seventh recipient of the 2023 award.
North Coast Rep has evolved into one of the area’s preeminent, not-for-profit producers of the highest quality, theatrical productions. Recognized for the quality of our work and commitment to excellence we take pride in creating an atmosphere where artists and audiences thrive through the intimacy of live theatre, recognizing the power of theatre to challenge complacency, revitalize the imagination, nurture the unexpected and embrace the variety and diversity in our lives.
About the Theatre
North Coast Repertory Theatre, under the artistic leadership of David Ellenstein since 2003, is a professional Equity theatre currently celebrating its 41st Season. North Coast Rep has received critical acclaim from media and audiences alike, and has evolved into one of the area’s leading performing arts organizations. North Coast Rep prides itself for its high quality, award-winning productions, and staging works by established and emerging playwrights. Throughout its history, North Coast Rep has created a platform where artist and audience thrive through the intimacy of live theatre, recognizing the power of theatre to challenge complacency, revitalize the imagination, nurture the unexpected and embrace the variety and diversity in our lives.
Founders Olive, together with her husband, Tom, founded North Coast Repertory Theatre in 1982.Olive’s vision for a theatre “where artist and audience thrive through the intimacy of live theatre. . .” came true in Solana Beach.
Tom and Olive provided the initial funding for the space in Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, where it has remained for over 30 years, and, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, North Coast Repertory Theatre went into business. Olive’s vision was to present polished, professional productions, making the best possible use of the physical, financial, and artistic resources available to her. This serious goal attracted a large cadre of talented and experienced volunteers – actors, technical support, and administrative helpers – that brought her vision to reality.
Photography by Bryan Dahl