Laura Garcia

Senior Director of Programs – Minneapolis

Contact Laura:
(612) 876-3907

Laura began at Project Success in 2008. Laura worked in the classroom as a workshop facilitator for many years. Before Project Success, Laura worked primarily as a theater performer in various theaters in Colorado and in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a BFA in Theater Performance and a Minor in Ethnic Studies. She moved to Minnesota from Colorado in 2007, where she began working for CLIMB Theater.  Previously, Laura had been working with youth across Colorado as a part of the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition Youth Institute that helped students navigate the school system and post-high school. As an adolescent, she had a curiosity to try new things and see more of the world. She also grew up with a family of educators where she saw how important opportunities and experiential learning were inspiring young people to see and design a future for themselves. As Senior Director of Programs-Minneapolis, she is committed to building and offering high-quality programs to all 6th-12th graders in Minneapolis Public Schools in partnership with many of our wonderful community partners.  

Favorite musicians:

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

Favorite book:

A book I would recommend is Breakfast with Buddha.

Favorite movies:

I love so many movies…my friends say there are hardly any I don’t like. Life is Beautiful.

Favorite food:

I love corn anything!

Favorite quote:

“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….