Coco Morena was born in Philadelphia and educated in the Philadelphia public system. She received a degree in English and Education from the University of Dayton. While teaching high school English in the Dayton Public Schools, she attended Wright State University where she recieved a Master of Humanities Degree with a concentration in Film and Fiction. While there she became one of the founding members of Spoken Journey, a trio of performing artists. In 1997 she was one of two first place winners in Philadelphia Festival of Worl Cinema's "Set in Philly" screenplay writing competition. She is dedicated to serving her community and presently serves as a Community Teacher, helping adult learners to receive their GED and improve their literacy skills.