A freelance U.S.A. (Local #829 NYC) Scenic Designer, Charge Scenic Artist, and Puppeteer. Based out of Providence, Rhode Island, she shares a design studio, paint deck, and shop with her brother Robert McPherson, a Sculptor.
Laura received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University with John Fallabella & Don Beaman, and BFA in Scenic Design from The North Carolina Schoolof the Arts with Donato Moreno & John Lee Beatty. Laura assisted a number of Broadway designers. She was Assistant Professor at Emerson College including Scenic Painting, Maskmaking, mentoring young designers, and designing shows for the Majestic Theater. McPherson is now Associate Professor at Bridgewater State College, having taught Theater Appreciation, Play Production, Stagecraft, Seminar in Contemporary Theater, Scenic Design, as well as designing many shows. She has often served as a Visiting Lecturer at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Harvard University / Radcliffe College, and The American Repertory Theater Institute.
Laura is thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a workshop for Cobalt Studios in that Cobalt is doing the crucial work of preserving the traditional and discovering the modern knowledge of the Scenic Arts by being a universal resource to everyone from all walks of theater.