Luan Schooler

Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy. Luan joins Artists Rep with extensive background as dramaturg, literary manager, writer, and actor, along with administrative experience in marketing and development. Luan honed her skills as a company member of Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, working with then-artistic director Molly Smith on new plays and devised works with wide ranging artists including Paula Vogel, John Murrell, John Luther Adams and Darrah Cloud. She also conducted annual company audition tours to towns and remote villages throughout Alaska (where she enjoyed one of the most thrilling theatre experiences ever, a production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown by the community theatre in Nome). After leaving Alaska, Schooler became the Literary Manager/Dramaturg for Berkeley Rep. During seven years there, she worked with many luminary writers, including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, Lillian Groag, Bridget Carpenter, Adam Rapp, and Robert Fagles, and astute directors Tony Taccone, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Wadsworth, and Lisa Peterson, among others. She has also worked on several devised pieces at Denver Center with artistic team Pavel Dobrusky and Per-Olav Sørensen, and worked as dramaturg at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, And Shaking the Tree Theatre. Schooler took a several year hiatus from theatre to explore the dramaturgy of artisanal cheese, opening a small cheese shop, Foster & Dobbs, in Portland with her husband. Delicious though that experience was, the hunger for stories of greater complexity and variety prevailed and she returned to Alaska in 2011 to adapt her brother's memoir The Blue Bear with Leon Ingulsrud (co-founder and co-artistic director, SITI Company) for Perseverance Theatre. She is currently working with Ingulsrud and filmmaker Andrew McLean on a new project for Perseverance about polar explorer Roald Amundsen.

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On December 6th, Resident Artist Susannah Mars hosted an evening of music with the arrangers from A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 5th Installment

Our fine Fresh Eyes fellows, Matthew Corwin and Brennan Randel, joined us again for the second preview performance of A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

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Fresh Eyes on A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 4th Installment

It's tech time! A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS has moved into the theatre, and now it's time to add the set, costumes, and lighting.

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 3rd Installment

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS moved into the theatre this week. After three weeks of working in the rehearsal room with the set taped out on the floor, we've moved onto...

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 2nd Installment

After a week and a half of rehearsal, the staging has been sketched in and most of the songs have been worked on at least briefly.

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Fresh Eyes on A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 1st Installment

Rehearsals began this week for Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS. In the play, a group of people tell the story of Christmas Eve, 1864, a frigid night on the...

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Award Reflections from Luan Schooler, Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy

Among life’s moments to savor are those when one gets to be the bearer of wonderful news.

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Oregon Play Prize: Time for the Public to VOTE!

After months of 24 volunteer readers with eyes on 131 scripts, we're down to the 3 finalists. And now it is your turn!

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Oregon Play Prize Nearing the Final Round

The reading and evaluation process for the Oregon Play Prize continues apace!

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Fresh Eyes on The Skin of Our Teeth: 5th Installment

The Skin of Our Teeth had its first preview last night – and Fresh Eyes were there to see it.

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