was born and raised bilingually (German and Russian) in Alma-Ata/Kasachstan. At the age of six she moved with her family to Germany. After high school she underwent three years training as a singer, dancer and musical performer at the Contemporary Dance School in Hamburg. From 2003 until the summer of 2007, she studied acting at the University of the Arts Theater in Moscow (partner school of Harvard University ART program). During her training she performed at the Moscow Art Theatre as Anna Petrovna in Chekhov’s “Platonov” and the Moscow Theater for music and film in the musical “Chicago”. Monika is a member of the Moscow Theater CDR. She has performed with the Tiger Lillies Circus and at many German Theaters, notably as Lady Milford in “Kabale und Liebe” and as Miss Julie in “Miss Julie”. Monika also starred in the TV films “Artdetektiv Mozart” and “Judgment Day” both of which were aired on the first programme of Russian television. Monika has also starred extensively on German television (SOKO, Coast Guard …).
After studying acting in Moscow, Monika traveled to Los Angeles for three months to further develop her range of acting techniques (Method Acting / Meisner) and practice her English. Her English so improved that she was offered her first international feature film (Iron Sky).
Monika regularly flies to New York to work with Lorraine Rodriguez (Producer / East 3rdProduction) to produce and star in international theater performances. In New York, Monika met Fay Simpson.