Laura Coleman grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where she studied dance and cultivated a passion for the performing arts. She moved to New York City to dance professionally and study at N.Y.U.’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she designed an interdisciplinary curriculum in psychology and the arts. After graduating, she toured the country, playing drums in a band and dancing with the Peggy Spina Dance Company before returning to N.Y.U.’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, receiving an M.A. in human development and social intervention. While there, she worked at the Mindful Education Lab at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, researching psychological and neurological effects of mindfulness on student learning, teacher effectiveness, and school climate. She has also worked at the Center for Arts Education in research and advocacy and at the New-York Historical Society in the education department.