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Dr. Laura Biagi is a Performance Studies scholar, a Nada Yoga teacher, and a Health & Life coach. She earned her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. In New York City, she trained with Richard Schechner, Barbara Browning, Fred Moten, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, and Augusto Boal, among others, refining her skills as a scholar, storyteller, composer, and director of devised theatre.
Since 2012, Dr. Biagi has been researching the role of contemplative and art practices in higher education as tools for inclusive and compassionate social change. After teaching cultural studies courses at New York University in Florence, Italy, and Vassar College, upstate New York, in 2016 Dr. Biagi joined The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago as the Multicultural Faculty. While at DePaul University, she created original courses in the Department of Theatre Arts, including Uplifting Voices: Storytelling for Social Change, the first school's course offered inside Cook County Department of Corrections (Cook County Jail), as part of the international Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Biagi co-designed and led, as Director, The Theatre Schools's first edition of the Summer High School Training Program, a three-week residential program that attracted students from all around the United States and abroad.
Dr. Biagi has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, creative essays and the book Saraswati's Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound, a multicultural project investigating the role of music in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health, a work she co-edited with her yoga teacher Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, with whom she has trained since 2009, in Raja and Nada Yoga, Sanskrit, and Carnatic Vocal Music in the tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. After a 3,500 hour residential training, Dr. Biagi received the titles of Yogachārini and Yogasadhaki and became a senior yoga teacher, specializing in Nada Yoga (the Yoga of Sound). In 2012, her yoga guru invited her to be part of the recording "Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali," a three CD album set with full chanting of the sutra in Sanskrit.
Dr. Biagi is a TEDx Speaker. Her 2018 talk Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe, explores the power of words to shape the perception of reality, and gain authorship over one's life story. A sought after speaker, she has presented at institutions such as the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago and New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Artist Coalition, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the New York Open Center.
In Chicago, Dr. Biagi has performed her solo work at The Theatre School, Stage 773, and in Life Line Theatre's Fillet of Solos Festival. Her solo Self-Love was selected for the 2019 Los Angeles Women's Festival. As a company member with Chicago's Collaboraction Theatre Company, she has performed in the Peacebook Festival at the Goodman Theatre, and in Millennium Park.
Her original coaching method, Inviting the Medicine (ITM), is a step-by-step guide to breathing as a spiritual practice.