Originally from Siena, Italy, Dr. Laura Sangeeta Biagi has been living between the United States and Italy since 1997. Dr. Biagi holds a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University (USA) where she studied intercultural communication, performance techniques, and sound healing. Among her mentors are Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros and Augusto Boal.
After experiencing the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City, her work has focused on personal and social healing through sound practices. In 2004, she was ordained a Minister with the Ministry of Maåt, an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and balanced world community through the support of women and men's spiritual and physical well-being. In 2009, she completed a Sound Healing Training at the New York Open Center, studying with Don Campbell, Dr. John Beaulieu, Silvia Nakkach , Layne Redmond and Carlos Nakai.
In 2010 she moved to Tamil Nadu, in India, to study yoga in the tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research / Ananda Ashram. After a two-year-residential training in yoga philosophy and practice, she became a Senior Yoga Teacher and was granted the title of Yogacharini Sangeeta. In 2012 she was part of Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani’s CD set Chanting the Yoga Sutra, with original chanting of the sutra in Sanskrit and, in 2013, she co-edited with Dr. Bhavanani Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound, a book investigating the role of music, and chanting in particular, in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.
Dr. Biagi moved back to the USA in 2014 and, since then, she has dedicated her work to research the many uses of the breath and the voice for personal and social change, and for contemplation. In 2017 she trained with the Inside Out Prison Excahnge Program to bring contemplative and theatrical practices in correctional institutions, and taught her course Storytelling As A Healing Art at Cook County Jail in Chicago. The documentary THE GIRL INSIDE, produced by 1 Girl Revolution, is a tribute to this work. Her 2018 TEDx Talk, Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe, explores the power of mental and linguistic reframing to change one’s attitude towards life and explore one’s true vocation.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Biagi has served as faculty at New York University (NY), Vassar College (NY), The Theatre School at DePaul University (Chicago), and the International Center for Yoga Education and Research (India). She has also been an invited speaker at Vassar College, New York University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, 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 2020, Dr. Biagi was awarded the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of “the dedication and skill that faculty members bring to their work, and of the high regard in which they are held by their students and your colleagues.”
She currently lives in Siena, Italy.