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Laura Biagi

  • MA, PhD Department of Performance Studies, New York University​​​​
  • Theatre Studies

Originally from Siena, Italy, Laura Biagi is a performance artist and educator working in the fields of performance studies, yoga, contemplative pedagogy and the performing arts.

Ms. Biagi earned a Master of Arts and a PhD in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University under the guidance of Professor Richard Schechner, with a dissertation on the Southern Italian healing ritual of tarantismo. In New York Laura studied "extended vocal techniques" and composition with Meredith Monk, Deep Listening and composition with Pauline Oliveros and Ione, "Theatre of the Oppressed" with Augusto Boal and voice with many international artists. She composed her own performances and collaborated with musicians, directors, storytellers and painters. She performed at LaMama Theatre, Judson Church, New York University and the Gallery at Deep Listening Space.

While in New York, Laura completed her training as a minister of the non-denominational Ministry of Maåt, Inc, "an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and balanced world community through the support of women's spiritual and physical well-being."

Between 2009 and 2012, Laura lived at Ananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, where she studied Raja Yoga in the tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj. She trained in hatha yoga, pranayama, mantra yoga, Sanskrit, Carnatic vocal music and Bharatnatyam dance. She earned a Two-Years Advanced Yoga Teacher Diploma (3,500-hour residential training), and the title of "Yogacharini Sangeeta." While in India, she lectured on the benefits of the yoga of sound at the ICYER Hospital and University in Pondicherry, the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi and the J. Nehru Medical College in Warda. In 2011, she was part of the recording of the album Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, a project directed by her yoga teacher Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. In 2013, with Dr. Bhavanani, she co-wrote the book Saraswati's Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound.

Between 2012 and 2016, while teaching in the Italian Studies Department at Vassar College, Laura received a grant by the Carolyn Fae Endowment to bring yoga and contemplative awareness on campus, and devised a class specifically for faculty, administrators and staff.