Laura Ann Heaton Gray, was raised in Atlanta Georgia where she began training the arts at a young age. She was a company dancer for the Georgia ballet, studied acting with Alliance Theatre, and studied classical voice under Brian Barrentine. At age 18, she joined the Disney's Broadway tour of Beauty And The Beast. Her film career began when she booked a small role on the Lifetime Pilot, H.R., co-star with actress Alicia Silverstone. After a few roles on various television shows, she began writing and directing and founded Excelsior Entertainment, a production company dedicated to quality family friendly entertainment. Laura Ann won her first award after writing and directing the 72 hour film project, Woke, which won Best Film, Best Acting, and Best Editing.