NATALIJA NOGULICH, newly published author of her debut novel, ONE WOMAN’S WAR, is currently writing Book 2 of the trilogy. She recently performed in the show finale of GLEE, an episode of Disney’s new show KC UNDERCOVER, and prior to that, the season finale of NCIS, followed by an episode of Disney’s KICKIN’ IT, 2 BROKE GIRLS and CRIMINAL MINDS. Ms. Nogulich was a regular recurring character in ABC series, RED WIDOW, as Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova, and appeared in HBO’s biopic, PHIL SPECTOR, as Italian journalist, Giovanetta Ricci, directed by David Mamet; on Disney Channel in WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE REUNION with Ms. Nogulich as Carmela.
Originally from CHICAGO she was educated in Illinois and in Spain and Italy. Studying and traveling throughout Europe, she gained command of five languages. After receiving her B.A. from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to study and work with David Mamet at his St. Nicholas Theatre Company in Chicago. Later she was under the tutelage of Stella Adler and Michael Moriarty, both in New York and Los Angeles. Natalija was also a student of Kenneth McMillan until he inaugurated her teaching and directing career in Los Angeles.
On BROADWAY, she starred in HURLYBURLY, THE ICEMAN COMETH, and ACCOMPLICE; as well as innumerable off-Broadway productions, including RESTORATION at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. On Los Angeles stages, she has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION; in the title role of TAMARA; and won four Drama-Logue Acting Awards for: THE THREE SISTERS, HEDDA GABLER, THE WHITE ROSE and ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Additionally, she starred in many regional productions throughout the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse, (for which she was awarded the “Entertainment Today” Best Supporting Actress Award), and George Bernard Shaw’s MISALLIANCE at Center Stage in Baltimore.
Natalija has done five David Mamet FILMS: PHIL SPECTOR, SPARTAN, HOMICIDE, THINGS CHANGE, THE WATER ENGINE, and as Jack Nicholson’s wife, HOFFA. She has completed over thirty films including: INCARNATE, SHARKSKIN, THE HOLLOW, STEAL BIG - STEAL LITTLE, ABOVE SUSPICION, AN EYE FOR AN EYE, THE GLASS SHIELD, THE CHASE, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, BLOOD IN - BLOOD OUT, THE GUARDIAN, CHRISTMAS VACATION, FOUR FRIENDS, STONY ISLAND and others. Ms. Nogulich did two indie films, I’LL MELT WITH YOU, and COMMENTARY which were in 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
On TELEVISION she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION; and she’s done numerous movies for television including: JANE DOE 9, LOCUSTS, PIZZA MY HEART, GROWING PAINS, DYING TO DANCE, THE SLEEPWALKER KILLING, LAZARUS MAN, and has recurred on episodics: THE WEST WING, THE PRACTICE, THE PRETENDER, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, TRACY TAKES ON, to name a few. She has guested on many other shows including David Mamet’s hit series, THE UNIT, BONES, NIP/TUCK, THE CLOSER, HUFF, CROSSING JORDAN, WITHOUT A TRACE, CHARMED, the award winning 24; and many others.
As Artistic DIRECTOR of THE GRACE PLAYERS THEATRE COMPANY, which she founded in 1994, Ms. Nogulich produced and directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS, which garnered four Drama-Logue Awards including Best Direction and Best Production. She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan’s comedy WALKING ON THE MOON; six ONE ACT FESTIVALS, and over twenty other projects featuring actors Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Frank Langella, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Carol Kane, Lolita Davidovitch and others.
In WASHINGTON, D.C. she directed David Selby in his play LINCOLN AND JAMES at the 1400-seat Lincoln Theatre in honor of the dedication of the first Monument to Afro-American soldiers of the Civil War. In 2000, she directed her own adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR at Davis Theatre in Illinois, and in 2001 she directed a production of her own adaptation of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at the same theatre.
In Los Angeles at the EGYPTIAN ARENA THEATRE she directed SUPREME THERAPY, a world premiere play written by Michael Davidson starring Ray Abruzzo of “The Sopranos.” In the fall of 2004 she directed and starred in the World Premiere of her own adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ novel, “Camille,” entitled THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS. In 2006 she compiled, edited and directed A TRIBUTE TO EUGENE O’NEILL; and helmed a revival of BURN THIS, starring members of her theatre company, THE GRACE PLAYERS. The Grace Players then produced a Shakespeare Festival honoring the Bard’s Birthday which Ms. Nogulich directed. Other theatrical projects include A HOLIDAY POTOPOURRI, a benefit for the children of severely wounded American troops in Iraq.
As a FILMMAKER, she wrote and directed a documentary short called CORPORAL JAKE, about World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex. It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and was produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.
Natalija is ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Film Directing students. She also teaches Producers at AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Theatre Department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts. She is a PRIVATE COACH to Los Angeles actors and directors.
Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to ACT, WRITE, DIRECT and TEACH.