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.

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Hear what Mike Wiley has to say about the role theater has in moving the conversation about race in this country forward, the people who influenced him throughout his life, […]
Hear what Broadway veteran Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Les Miserables), her husband Charlie Brady (South Pacific) and Eric Woodall, Producing Artistic Director of North Carolina Theatre have to say about their […]
Hear what Theatre in the Park’s father-son duo Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV have to say about working together, acting, and the things that can go […]
Charly Evon Simpson’s play Jump explores the themes of grief, suicide, mental illness and how we connect with each other. PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch calls Playwright Charly Evon […]
Hear what Honest Pint Theatre Company’s Co-Artistic Directors David Henderson and Susannah Hough have to say about Rory Kinnear’s The Herd, reconciliation, and the irresistible pull of family. About the Guests David […]
In 1973, tennis champion Arthur Ashe competed in the South African Open. Hear what Jerome Davis, the artistic director of Burning Coal Theatre, has to say about Hannah Benitez’s new […]