Laura has been passionate about youth development and the magic of theater since high school. Curiosity around the idea that adolescence is a time when young people distance themselves from their former identity in search for a new one led Laura to work with young people by using theater as the way to have conversations, see a new world, discuss choices of characters, begin to develop the tools necessary for success. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BFA in Theater Performance and a minor in Ethnic Studies, she moved to Minnesota to work at CLIMB Theater. After two touring seasons, she begin her path with Project Success where she was a facilitator for 6 years. Now as Director of Programs, Laura uses the community minded teaching philosophies of Paolo Freire, Augusto Boal, W.E.B DuBois, and more…
Recently I have really enjoyed going back to my Latin divas like Mercedes Sosa and Lila Downs.
If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?
Eye of the Tiger
A book I would recommend is Breakfast with Buddha.
I love so many movies…my friends say there are hardly any I don’t like. Life is Beautiful.
I love corn anything!
“From the challenge of chaos, wisdom.”
Favorite subjects in school:
Favorite theater experience:
I played a character that had multiple personalities. That was incredibly challenging!
Favorite Project SUCCESS workshop:
I seriously like all of them the same.
Your ultimate vacation destination:
Kayaking in the San Juan Islands
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal wounds
The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:
I can’t say I have one. I am lucky to meet and have many mentors along the way. My high school teachers had a huge impact on me.
What you wanted to be when you grew up:
I wanted to be a dancer, a singer, an actress, a marine biologist, an astronaut, a fire fighter, and the first woman president. I am sure there are a lot more….