Teresa Torchiano grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She attended the State University of New York At New Paltz where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and began exploration of experimental/digital video art.  She moved to New York City and began working for Elsewhere films and learned the craft of documentary filmmaking from mentors, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. She went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts at Feristein School of Cinema in Cinematography.