Lauren Van Hemert is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she majored in Journalism with a minor in Theater. Prior to graduation, Van Hemert 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, Van Hemert’s love of theater started at an early age during a New York trip when her father took her to see the revival of Oklahoma, The Music Man starring Dick Van Dyke, and Peter Pan, starring Sandy Duncan. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and two children, where she has been an advocate for arts education in the schools.
- First Interview: Charles Honi Coles. I know I’m dating myself because he passed away in 1992, but he came to Miami with Tommy Tune in My One and Only, and I interviewed him for my show on WDNA. I also interviewed Emilio Estefan (again dating myself) in 1987, just after The Miami Sound Machine signed on with Pepsi to do a commercial.
- First Show Album: Annie. My Aunt Martha played it for me and I’ve been hooked on show tunes ever since.
- Hidden Talent: I sing (although these days only in the shower) and I played competitive piano up until I was about 15.