Luda studied acting and directing in Russia at the Leningrad Institute of Music, Theatre and Film and earned her Ph.D (WD) in teaching acting at the St. Petersburg State Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as an actress at Leningrad Studio Theatre. As a member of European Repertory Company, Luda directed Chekhov's Ivanov (Jeff Nominated); Bulgakov's Zoyka's Apartment; Chekhov's The Duel, adapted by Frank Galati; Carlo Gozzi's Princess Turandot; and Vasili Sigarev's Black Milk. Also with European Repertory Company Luda co-directed, with Yasen Peyankov, Galin's Stars in the Morning Sky and Nikolay Kolyada's Go Away, Go Away (Jeff Nominated). Other directing credits include Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife with One Theatre Company, Galin's The House that Swift Built co-directed with Dale Goulding for Red Square Theatre Company, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf at Theatre Volhonka, Ekatirenburg, Russia (Translated to Russian; Bravo award).