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.

Posts by Luan Schooler:

Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 6th Installment

EVERYBODY opened on Saturday, December 1st. After four short weeks of preparing for the complexities of the play -- roles assigned by lottery, choreography, intense technological aspects -- the show...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 5th Installment

It's Preview Week and the last finishing touches are being put on EVERYBODY. The technical aspects have been worked out and for the most part are working smoothly, and the...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 4th Installment

This week, EVERYBODY moved from the rehearsal hall onto the stage. Adding the design and technical elements is always a complex process, and this show is made exponentially more complex...

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 3rd Installment

Rehearsals for EVERYBODY are now in the third week, and the focus has shifted from the big picture to the details.

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 2nd Installment

Fresh Eyes observers Cynthia Herrup and Matthew Minicucci each came in to observe rehearsals this week.

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Fresh Eyes on EVERYBODY, 1st Installation

Fresh Eyes are back in the room to observe EVERYBODY! Rehearsals began on October 30th with presentations from designers and directors.

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 7TH Installment

For the last seven weeks, the cast, crew, director, designers, and playwright have been building this epic journey to Antarctica, step by step and layer by layer.

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 6th Installment

MAGELLANICA has moved from the rehearsal hall into the theatre, and on Saturday the company began adding in all the technical elements. Tech rehearsals are generally famous for being slow.

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 5th Installment

Sometime, one looks at the rehearsal schedule for the day and it says something like "11-5, Run/work part 5".

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