Laura Mead grew up in Austin, TX and Berkeley, CA. She received a BFA in Dance from Juilliard. Laura originated the principal role of Betsy in Twyla Tharp's Broadway musical Come Fly Away, which garnered her an Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer. She served as Dance Captain on a national tour of Tharp's Movin' Out. She has danced with American Repertory Ballet, Morphoses, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Dance Project. Laura has performed works by Paul Taylor, Ron K. Brown, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Pontus Lidberg, and Benjamin Millipied, among others. Laura was member of Jessica Lang Dance from 2012 to 2017.