Photo: Keith Ferris

Margarita Meyendorff (Mourka) was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany to a Russian baron and his Estonian wife, aristocratic parents who were forced to flee for their lives from persecution by the Communists during and right after WWII. When the family immigrated to the United States in 1949, Mourka seemed destined to be forever displaced – moving more than thirty times until she finally settled in an historic house in upstate New York. DP Displaced Person, her upcoming memoir is a portrait of Mourka as she journeys through the hardships of her immigrant beginnings to becoming a wife, parent, educator and artist. Mourka had her theatrical debut as a six-year-old in Russian children’s plays in the famous Russian enclave around Nyack, NY where she grew up among other emigres. Later, she pursued her theatrical career and traveled extensively in the United States as an actor, director and producer of plays. “Mourka” became her stage name and nickname. Additionally, Margarita has a separate career as a singer of romance, folk and gypsy Russian songs. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and in New York City in venues such as the Plaza Hotel and the Harvard Club in New York City. Her one-woman show Mourka played two sold out runs Off-Broadway in New York City.

Margarita holds a Masters Degree in Professional Studies from SUNY, New Paltz and has three teaching certificates – Russian, French and English as a Second Language. She taught Russian and French in the Arlington School District in Poughkeepsie, NY, English as a Second Language in the Marlboro School District and French and English as a Second Language in the Newburgh School District. In addition, she conducted courses in Russian and Russian History at SUNY, New Paltz. In recent years, Margarita has devoted herself to completing her memoir: DP, Displaced Person.