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.

A candid conversation with Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Director Kerry Painter on reopening and welcoming audiences back.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godspell with the Original off-Broadway Cast
A candid conversation about sound design with Tony Award-winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!).
Five Holocaust survivors open up about their experiences and the importance of connecting, understanding, and remembering the past.
Back in December, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion spending bill that included more than $900 billion in pandemic relief. This was known as Save Our Stages and those monies were to be […]
A candid conversation with performing artist Thao Nguyen about AAPI representation and racism in the theater.
Ashlee Latimer nurtured The Lightning Thief’s fan base on social media for almost three years as Mx. Thief, right up until the show closed on Broadway just over a year ago. Hear what she has to say to Lauren about the power of community.
Mike Anthony, the author of LIFE AT HAMILTON, is pulling back the curtain and giving us a sneak peek at what goes on inside the Richard Rodgers theater.
A candid conversation with Darkness Rising Founder and Executive Director Carlita Victoria about destigmatizing depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
A candid conversation with North Carolina native and multihyphenate Robert Hartwell.