Yonatan holds an MFA in theatrical directing and an MA in theatre research, both from Tel Aviv University. After years of working as a journalist for leading publications in Israel, Esterkin transitioned to directing and teaching at prominent acting schools in Israel. He later began directing at public theatres in Israel, including the Haifa Theater, the Cameri theater of Tel Aviv, the Habima National Theatre, and the Yiddish Theatre. Esterkin currently teaches courses about Israeli theatre and film for Israel’s Teachers Association and the Media-Tech Center in Holon. In the last five years, his directing career took him to Europe, where he was invited to direct Israeli plays in Slovenian public theaters, including the Slovenian National Theater. Two of his award-winning, one-man shows in Slovenia were selected to participate in the United Solo Festivals in New York & London.