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NATALIJA NOGULICH did three indy films in the past year: THE LAST WORD, directed by Mark Pellington; CARETAKERS, directed by Elias Talbot, and DANGEROUS GAMES, directed by Daria Nazarova, which was recently accepted into the Shorts Program at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.  Natalija recently guest starred on Netflix Series, FULLER HOUSE, and on NBC Pilot, DUMB PRINCE directed by Amy Poehler, as well as GLEE, NCIS, CRIMINAL MINDS and KC UNDERCOVER, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE REUNION with Selena Gomez. 

Natalija was series regular on ABC series, RED WIDOW, where she played Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova. Her role as Italian reporter, Giovanetta Ricci in HBO biopic PHIL SPECTOR with Al Pacino, reunited her with director David Mamet, with whom she has done five films: (HOMICIDE, SPARTAN, THINGS CHANGE, THE WATER ENGINE, and HOFFA opposite Jack Nicholson.) Other films include: 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, FOUR FRIENDS, COMMENTARY, STONY ISLAND and the ever popular, CHRISTMAS VACATION.

On television she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION and was also featured in Hallmark’s JANE DOE 9, LOCUSTS, PIZZA MY HEART, GROWING PAINS, DYING TO DANCE, THE SLEEPWALKER KILLING, LAZARUS MAN. Recurring on THE WEST WING, THE PRACTICE, THE PRETENDER, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, TRACY TAKES ON, she also guested on BONES, THE UNIT, NIP/TUCK, THE CLOSER, HUFF, CROSSING JORDAN, WITHOUT A TRACE, CHARMED, 24 and much more.

Natalija started her theatrical career in her home town of Chicago, where she worked in a theatre company with W.H. Macy, John Malkovich, and David Mamet. Graduating with her BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Lake Forest College in Illinois, she expanded her studies to Spain and Italy and gained command of five languages.  Later she attended the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, which led to her starring on Broadway in HURLYBURLY, THE ICEMAN COMETH, and ACCOMPLICE, in addition to many off-Broadway productions including RESTORATION by Claudia Shearer. Later she did innumerable Los Angeles productions: SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION, TAMARA, THE THREE SISTERS, HEDDA GABLER, THE WHITE ROSE and ONCE IN A LIFETIME.  The last four garnering her DRAMA-LOGUE CRITICS AWARD for Outstanding Performance.  Her work in Ken Lonergan’s WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse resulted in ENTERTAINMENT TODAY’s BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AWARD.

Ms. Nogulich was Founder and Artistic Director of THE GRACE PLAYERS THEATRE COMPANY in Hollywood, where for fifteen years, she produced and directed classical and contemporary plays, including the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS, which won four DRAMA-LOGUE AWARDS, including Best Direction.  She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan’s comedy, WALKING ON THE MOON; six ONE ACT FESTIVALS, SUPREME THERAPY, THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS, A TRIBUTE TO EUGENE O’NEILL, BURN THIS, and many other projects featuring actors, Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Burt Reynolds, Carol Kane, Frances Fisher, 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 African-American soldiers of the American Civil War.  She also directed her own adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, in Southern Illinois, and later her adaptation of Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

She authored the historical novel, ONE WOMAN’S WAR, published in 2012, which is now being developed into a screenplay.  She also wrote and directed a documentary short called CORPORAL JAKE, about World War I Medal of Honor Recipient Jake, Allex.  It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.

Besides continuing to act in Los Angeles, she is also ADJUNCT PROFESSOR in the film department of renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she teaches Graduate and Undergraduate film directing students.  She also teaches at AFI Conservatory every fall term in Los Angeles.  She has been Visiting Professor in the theatre department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  She also teaches a Scene Study class for professional actors and works as a Private Coach to Los Angeles actors and directors, including on set coaching.

Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to act, write, direct and teach.

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