Mason received her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude in dance from Mount Holyoke College in 1988, where she also studied French, anthropology, and biology. Her foundation in dance was developed during that time through the Pioneer Valley's Five College Dance Department where she worked with Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman.
Mason is also a dance teacher and Pilates instructor. She has received grants from the International Theater Institute and a fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council.