082: Arts journalism, podcasting, and RDU on Stage with Lauren Van Hemert

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a podcaster? Does arts journalism interest you? Our guest today is Lauren Van Hemert, arts journalist and podcaster with RDU on Stage. RDU on Stage focuses on theatre in the Triangle area of North Carolina and includes online reviews, videos, and podcast interviews. 

Lauren Van Hemert, RDU on Stage
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Lauren describes her journey to launching RDU on Stage, the behind the scenes of podcasting, tips for podcast guests, best practices for aspiring arts journalists, and more. Also, you’ll hear some great stories about Lauren’s conversations with William Ivey Long and Kristen Chenoweth!

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 and sensory-friendly experiences. She is a member of The American Theatre Critics Association and host of the RDU on Stage podcast. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @rduonstage. 

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Questions FOR LAUREN


Let’s talk about some language. You’ve said that you prefer to be called an Arts Journalist rather than a theatre critic or reviewer. Why is that? 


Would you talk about your Arts Journalism journey?  When was this seed planted for you? After taking a break, how did you circle back to this passion? 

What do you love about the theatre? Why do you want to share it and talk about it and spread the word about what’s happening?

Favorite interviews? How in the world did you get interviews with folks like Kristin and William Ivey Long? 


Let’s talk about RDU ON STAGE!

You mentioned that ‘what you are doing now feels most authentic.’ Why is that? What’s it like to be a podcaster? Why is this podcast important to you? How do you approach your interviews? 

What are some best practices for emerging arts journalists? 

What’s next for you? Anything else?

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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