About Me

Lauren Van Hemert, Freelance Writer & Contributing Editor of Broadway World RaleighI’m a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where I majored in Journalism with a minor in Theater. Prior to graduation, I hosted my 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, my love of musicals started at the age of six when my dad took me to Radio City Music Hall to see a revival of the movie The Sound of Music. Years later, he took me back to New York to see the revival of Oklahoma, The Music Man starring Dick Van Dyke, and Peter Pan, starring Sandy Duncan, and I was hooked. I currently live in Cary, North Carolina with my husband and two children, where I’ve been an advocate for arts education in the schools and sensory-friendly performances and inclusive experiences. I’m a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association, as well as the Contributing Editor for Broadway World Raleigh and a contributor to Chicago on Stage (USA on Stage).

Fun Facts:

  • 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.