Nelli started her storytelling career at the ripe age of two, spinning yarns in the local parks of post-Soviet Russia for anyone who would listen. After moving to the U.S. just before the dawn of preschool, she turned to books to help learn the language, and she discovered her love for reading and began a neverending to-be-read list. But her own material was running dry. For years, she scribbled in her diary of the mundane happenings of prepubescent life––MASH games, lanyards, Limited Too. Then, in her freshman year of high school, her drama program introduced an improv component: ComedySportz. And so began her journey with the world of ‘Yes, and.’ But as the years of “adulting” drew near, she learned to monetize her love for storytelling, and her path took a turn toward the field of marketing. And just when she thought her years of playing pretend might have come to an end, a move to Long Beach in 2017 led her to Held2gether and its warm, fun-loving community. Now, she spends her days storytelling on-stage and off, still sharing stories with anyone who will listen (most often her loving fiancé).