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CROATIAN THEATER & FILM ACTRESS,
CURRENTLY BASED IN LOS ANGELES



THEATER

                 Gala likes to call herself a theater actress, as her career began in the theater, and has shaped her into the performer she is today. Gala's work has been seen in numerous productions of the National Theater I.pl.Zajc, the International Theatre Ulysses and the Istrian National Theater. In the United States, her performances have been seen at the REDCAT Theater and in productions by the CalArts Center for New Performance. 

                As a performer, Gala has explored a wide range of theater genres, texts, and styles, including tragedy, comedy, absurdism, Brecht, Shakespeare, contemporary, movement-based theater, experimental theater and cabaret. She has also worked on various theater stages and loves outdoor location-based theater. She still dreams of having her own touring troupe and joining the circus. With her background as a dancer, Gala is drawn to work that utilizes the use of the body. She is well versed in theater that experiments with form and strongly believes in theater that promotes social change. 
        One day, she would like to take on the iconic roles of Electra, Lady Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, and Richard III.



Shakespeare Summer Nights
Theater Ulysses



Bert Cabaret
Theater Ulysses



Swan Lake
Croatian National Theater



Augustine Machine ou Encore Une Nuit D'Insomnie
CalArts Center for New Performance



Kubrick’s Aryan Papers
REDCAT Theater 




Lysistrata
Istrian National Theater




DIRECTING


       ‘’It seems that with the monodrama "Land of Wolves" by Gala Nikolic and Tonka Mrsic, Lika has now received a contemporary female voice.” Kim Cuculic for New Paper.
Land of the Wolves

                As a director, Gala is passionate about exploring themes related to women. She made her directorial debut with the one-woman show "Land of the Wolves," which she co-wrote and directed with Tonka Mrsic. Produced by Theatre Ulysses, the show toured extensively across the Balkans, performing at national theaters and festivals, and received an award at the Festival of Short Forms in Zajecar. A dark absurdist comedy, the play explores societal pressures, patriarchy and destinies of three women in the small war torn community of Lika.

2020 - Riejka Festival, Croatia







Dead Croatian Women
A Traveling Troupe Show About Witch Hunts in Croatia

                In Los Angeles, Gala devised, directed, and starred in "Dead Croatian Women," a traveling troupe show about witch hunts in Croatia. This multidisciplinary, site-specific performance was created by female-identifying collaborators. Drawing on folklore rituals from her homeland, the team explored themes of female autonomy, trauma, and resistance. Incorporating Croatian folklore dance, live music, and authentic witch trial records, the show confronted the archetype of the "evil" female character, ingrained in every culture’s mysticism, and shed light on the largest female genocide - the witch hunts.

2023 - California Institute of the Arts, California
       ‘’It seems that with the monodrama "Land of Wolves" by Gala Nikolic and Tonka Mrsic, Lika has now received a contemporary female voice.” Kim Cuculic for New Paper.












Selected for an off-program at the Liburnia Film Festival
The More I Insult The More I Love You

                Gala's directorial vision extends to film with her short diary documentary "The More I Insult The More I Love You," which was selected for an off-program at the Liburnia Film Festival. This documentary touches on sex, politics, marriage, and drugs through the lens of a few friends at a birthday party in an apartment in Rijeka. One friend leaves for Germany in search of a better life, while the others get progressively drunk, maintaining a dose of internal humor. Their conversations pay homage to their generation - the lost.

2023 - California Institute of the Arts, California



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