We had the good fortune of connecting with Omri Schein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Omri, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Most people who don’t know me personally, just naturally assume that I’m originally from New York. And although I did move to San Diego from New York City six years ago, and spent my high school and undergrad years in New York as well as 9 years after I completed graduate school, I’m actually an immigrant to the United States. I was born in Switzerland to an Israeli (originally Polish born) father and a Swiss mother. I spent my early childhood years in Johannesburg South Africa, my early teens in Israel and moved to exotic Milwaukee, Wisconsin before my fifteenth year. We eventually settled on Staten Island, and you already know the rest. The constant moving forced me into early maturity, as well as experiencing Apartheid South Africa and the first gulf war in Israel. I have been exposed to a plethora of cultures, languages, religions over the years which have shaped my views of the world and where I insignificantly fit in. As a writer, performer and educator, it has been a treasure trove of characters, voices, dialects and accents to dip into. And although my childhood was filled with moments of loneliness and disruption, I wouldn’t exchange those experiences for anything.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a writer of plays and musicals, creating for me is simply continual. It’s not about success, although I would be lying if I said great success wouldn’t be welcome. My small career has had its ups and downs, but no matter the outcome I have to continue creating. There are moments where I go: “what’s the point?” but my mind inevitably starts pondering what am I going to work on next? I think I have my own style. Whether or not others appreciate it or not is a different question. Just like every artistic endeavor, there are hundreds if not thousands of people aspiring to do the exact same thing. It’s a lot of luck and opportunity, relying on others, and based on what is “in” right now. But as a creator, you just keep doing your thing. A least, that is what I have to do.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like food. So a lot of planning revolves around food. If I was planning a “gorge yourself” weekend in San Diego with a guest, it would include: The Molto Authentico pizza (when it’s available- though you can’t go wrong with most of them) from Tribute Pizza in North Park and some beers at Hess Brewery across the street. An Italian meal either at Buona Forchetta in South Park or Cucina Urbana in Banker’s Hill. A smoked fish taco from Oscars Mexican Food. A dinner at Juniper & Ivy downtown. (Other options the Cassoulet at “The Smoking Goat” in North Park when they have it and the Burger at “Little Frenchie” on Coronado Island). Maybe we’d walk off some of those calories going up Cowles Mountain in San Carlos. But if we were feeling lazy, we’d just go to Coronado beach and relax in the sun.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To all those who have been willing to take a chance with me.

Website: omri-schein.com
Instagram: okschein

Image Credits
1) Holly Rone 2) Picture of axe in head- Aaron Rumley 3) and 4) Ken Jacques.

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