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Based inside the beltline in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lauren Van Hemert is an award-winning podcaster who has been covering regional theater for over three years. She has been called a “pioneer” for her community-based approach to cultural arts reporting and candid conversations about diversity and inclusion in the theater industry. Her guests have included Tony Award-winners, Broadway veterans, international recording artists, and television icons, including Eric Woodall, Lauren Kennedy, Robert Hartwell, Karen Ziemba, and Ed Asner. Van Hemert is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, Society for Professional Journalists, and the Broadway Makers Alliance. Her goal is to create a forum for theater lovers that is grounded in empathy and humanity. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Headshot of Asian American Actor, Telly Leung.

Ep. 121: A Conversation with Telly Leung

Telly Leung is best known for his work on Broadway and television. These days he is in Raleigh directing the Theatre Raleigh production of Yellow Face. Hear what he has to say about working with David Henry Hwang, the significance of directing this play now, and why representation onstage matters.