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.

About the GuestKen Cerniglia is dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group, where he has developed over fifty shows for professional, amateur, and school productions, including Freaky Friday, Aladdin, The Hunchback of […]
Shereen Ahmed has been recognized as the first woman of color to play Eliza Doolittle in Broadway & West End history. She was recently seen on NBC’s hit show New […]
Hear what Chryssie Whitehead (A Chorus Line, Chicago, Company) has to say about dance, making her Broadway debut in A Chorus Line, and the new West Side Story film.
A candid conversation about the Raleigh Little Theatre production of CINDERELLA with Artistic Director, Patrick Torres, Executive Director Heather Strickland, and LGTQIA+ Advocate Candis Cox.
It's time to have a candid conversation about transgender representation in theater. allyship, and how to debunk "the man in the dress" trope.
Hear what Executive Director Heather Strickland and Artistic Director Patrick Torres have to say about the complications community theaters are facing welcoming audiences back post-COVID.
Kevin Tuerff shares his real-life 'Come From Away' story.
Hear what Matt DaSilva and Bear Bellinger have to say about the new Actors' Equity Open Access Policy.
Hear what Robert J. Sherman has to say about building on his family's musical legacy to usher in a new era of Sherman entertainment.
A candid conversation with artist and advocate Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj about The Mis-Education of America, making history at the Met, and more.