LAURA GRAGTMANS is an actress, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and theatre maker from Prince Edward County, Ontario. She grew up on a small island in Lake Ontario and at the base of the Appalachians in North and South Carolina.
She holds a degree in Theatre and Languages from the University of Evansville in Indiana, where she acquired her first acting and vocal training - while in undergrad, she also developed a love for chorale and a cappella singing, specifically with female voices. She received her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied with beloved acting professor, Ron Van Lieu, among many others. Since graduating from the School of Drama, Laura has performed at the Dallas Theatre Center, The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, The American Theatre of Actors, in Three Day Hangover's TWELFTH NIGHT, and, in August 2015, inaugurated the Chautauqua Theatre Company's Residency 9 program with Duncan MacMillan's LUNGS. In 2014, her theatre company, OLD SOUND ROOM, performed on the Amsterdam Fringe's MainStage with an original adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short stories.
Laura has been writing music for 5 years, and since arriving in NYC, she has started composing for theatre. Her hour and half long score for the Carl Sagan inspired piece, ASTRONAUT, was performed at ARS NOVA in NYC June of 2015. Laura is now working to pull together a collection of her earlier music. She lives in Queens, NY.