Full Coverage of Theater in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill
Lauren Van Hemert
Lauren is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she majored in journalism with a minor in theater. Prior to graduation, she hosted her own weekly talk show on Public Radio WDNA Miami and worked as a production intern for As The World Turns. 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. Years later, she returned to New York to see the revival of Oklahoma, The Music Man starring Dick Van Dyke, and Peter Pan, starring Sandy Duncan and was hooked. Lauren currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She’s been an advocate for arts education in the schools, sensory-friendly performances, and inclusive experiences. Lauren is a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association, as well as the Contributing Editor for Broadway World Raleigh. She’s also the host of the RDU on Stage podcast.