Dr. Be (Laura Biagi) a multicultural consultant, speaker and performer. A TEDx DePaul speaker in 2018, Dr. Be has developed her method called Urban Healing, through which she helps individuals and organizations heal the conflicts that arise in multiculturalism with contemplative and performative classes, workshops and international retreats.
After earning a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, Dr. Be has taught and lectured at various prestigious educational institutions in the United States, among which New York University, Vassar College, DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Howard University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Among her teachers are Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Augusto Boal, Giovanna Marini, Denise Stoklos, Richard Schechner, Yogacharini Smt Meenakshi Devi Bahavanani, and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani.
Dr. Be is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher from the International Center for Yoga Education and Research in Tamil Nadu, India, where she lived for a two-year residential training. In 2013, with Dr. Bhavanani, she co-wrote the book, Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound.
Her solo piece, The High Priestess, was showcased as part of Collaboration’s 2017 Peacebook Festival at the Goodman Theatre and Chicago Ideas Week in the summer and fall of 2017. Her solo piece S.A.D. Self-Love was premiered at The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2018 to start a conversation about loneliness and belonging in academic communities.
Dr. Be is currently writing her book Urban Healing: Breathe, Belong, Believe and composing her new hybrid piece called Heal the Mother.