Lauren Van Hemert

Lauren Van Hemert

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.

 




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IN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 SeasonIN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 Season
Posted: Mar. 26, 2018


BWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely StoryBWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely Story
Posted: Apr. 4, 2018


BWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018


BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Apr. 21, 2018


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BWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Mar. 23, 2018


IN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 SeasonIN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 Season
Posted: Mar. 26, 2018


BWW Interview: Carla R. Stewart Steps Into Shug Avery's Shoes In THE COLOR PURPLEBWW Interview: Carla R. Stewart Steps Into Shug Avery's Shoes In THE COLOR PURPLE
Posted: Mar. 19, 2018


BWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely StoryBWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely Story
Posted: Apr. 4, 2018


BWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018


BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Apr. 21, 2018


BWW Interview: Alton Fitzgerald White Talks LION KING, My Pride, and Life During Visit to Longleaf School of the ArtsBWW Interview: Alton Fitzgerald White Talks LION KING, My Pride, and Life During Visit to Longleaf School of the Arts
April 23, 2018

The king has landed in Raleigh... that is ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE. White was the longest running Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King, playing over 4300 shows. He sat down with me to discuss The Lion King, his book, My Pride, and his view aboutderiving happiness from commonplace achievements.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Durham Performing Arts Center
April 21, 2018

While the stage version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC does not follow the movie exactly, and the choreography at times seems contrived and clumsy, fans of the story will delight in Douglas W. Schmidt's sets, Tony Award-winnerJane Greenwood's costumes, and of course, in Rodgers and Hammerstein's music. In fact, at DPAC Friday night, you could hear the hum of the audience under the iconic songs, which seem to connect us all to each other in some way.

BWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Interview: Mike McLean Breathes New Life into Captain von Trapp and Leads THE SOUND OF MUSIC Back to Durham Performing Arts Center
April 10, 2018

Mike McLean leads the national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC back to Durham April 20. McLean says the production is bigger and more beautiful than ever.

BWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely StoryBWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely Story
April 4, 2018

Thirty-four years after Alice Walker's The Color Purple won The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the same name delivers a timely story of self-discovery and forgiveness.

IN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 SeasonIN THE HEIGHTS Kicks Off NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE'S 2018-2019 Season
March 26, 2018

Beloved classics and recent Tony Award winners mark North Carolina Theatre's seventh season at The Duke Energy Center. The national tours of Jersey Boys and The King and I headline the season. NC Theatre's productions of In the Heights, Mama Mia, Murder for Two (theatre debut), and family favorite Annie round out the season.

BWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts Center
March 23, 2018

Following their successful OUR WAY tour in 2015, DANCING WITH THE STARS' brothers VALENTINE CHMERKOWVSKIY and MAKSIM CHMERKOWVSKIYbrought their new show, CONFIDENTIAL, to The Durham Performing Arts Center stage Thursday, along with twotime Mirror Ball winner, also known as Maks' wife,PETA MURGATROYD.

BWW Interview: Carla R. Stewart Steps Into Shug Avery's Shoes In THE COLOR PURPLEBWW Interview: Carla R. Stewart Steps Into Shug Avery's Shoes In THE COLOR PURPLE
March 19, 2018

The national tour of THE COLOR PURPLErolls into DPAC next month led by five members of the original Broadway cast, including Carla R. Stewart, who steps into Shug Avery's shoes. Stewart says she is blessed to be part of such a timely and timeless story.