Kristina Birk is a Ukrainian-born American writer, actress and producer. She is the middle child of a Soviet cobbler and a nurse. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kristina’s family moved from Ukraine, and started traveling internationally, directly leading to her ability to speak five languages.
Kristina began her stage path at age five. Her whole childhood and teenage years were centered around modeling and performing in various fashion events and dance performances across Europe. According to Kristina's family, from the day she learned to read, she was never seen without a book or notebook where she was writing her own stories.
Enrolling at the Academy of National Economy to study linguistics and business at age 16 helped Kristina fully commit to her growing interest towards writing. She was especially affected, inspired and frustrated by the USSR-related stories written by Nabokov, Zamyatin, Bulgakov, and told to her by her Eastern European grandparents that motivated her to write “Käzməs: How I Left OB-LOM,” an anti-Soviet dystopia. The novel was described as "James Joyce on acid" by the contemporary American writer Nick Tosches.
After Kristina completed her bachelor's degree in 2009 and received her Master’s in 2010 she went back to being on stage reentering the familiar performance reality through the Moscow Art Theatre Stanislavsky training first, then - Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.
Since Kristina's arrival to NYC in 2012, she's never stopped writing or performing. Her first biggest artistic inspiration became: Orphans Productions LLC. - a NY and LA based group of creatives producing their original content for film and theatre. Joining The Orphans led to her involvement with six original theatre and film projects produced by the group.
Since Kristina relocated to Los Angeles over a year ago she has written and produced two short films - "Zenith" directed by Christopher Yager and "Black, White, Read", created in collaboration with the Westward Orphans Productions, directed by Justin Morck.
Kristina is currently working on her next Skid Row-inspired art film "MY OPIA" in collaboration with Christopher Yager.
To find out more about Kristina's past projects, click on "WORK".
Los Angeles, CA