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Lauren Van Hemert

A native of Miami, Florida, Lauren’s love of musicals started at the age of six when her dad took her to Radio City Music Hall to see a revival of the movie THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Prior to graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington, she hosted her own weekly talk show on Public Radio WDNA Miami and worked as a production intern for ‘As The World Turns.’ As the former Contributing Editor for Broadway World Raleigh, she covered over 50 shows in the Triangle. In January, she launched the RDU on Stage website to expand coverage of the Triangle theater community. She also hosts the weekly RDU on Stage podcast. Lauren is a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association. She lives in Cary with her supportive husband and two children.

RLT’s WAITING FOR THE HOST Offers a Respite and Some Much Needed Hope

Watching a virtual production is akin to channel surfing and stumbling upon an old black-and-white TV show. Were those shows good? By today’s standards they were campy and frothy, and yet we cut them some slack, memorialize them fondly, and recognize their creators as pioneers. Read Lauren Van Hemert's response to virtual theater.