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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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 5th Installment

THE HUMANS opens tonight! As always, we at Artists Rep are grateful to our Fresh Eyes volunteers – Garrett Brown and Scott Dunn – for sharing their thoughts on the...

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 4th Installment

This past week has been all about tech and timing. There is an exceptional amount of overlapping dialogue in THE HUMANS, combined with scenes happening simultaneously on two levels.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 3rd Installment

This was the last week for THE HUMANS in the rehearsal room; next week the action shifts into the theatre and onto the set.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 2nd Installment

This week in rehearsal saw the actor up on their feet, working through staging and beginning their deeper dives into character and relationships.

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Fresh Eyes on THE HUMANS, 1st Installment

THE HUMANS are on the way! On Tuesday, October 24th, about sixty people gathered for the first rehearsal.

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 5th Installment

The Importance of Being Earnest is opening this Saturday, May 20th. The week leading up to opening night is a combination of afternoon rehearsals and evening preview performances, all focused...

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 4th Installment

Tech week! After three weeks in the rehearsal hall with the set design taped out on the floor and bits of costumes (mostly petticoats, corsets and shoes), the cast and...

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 3rd Installation

Detail, details, it's all in the details! The third week of any rehearsal is all about the details: drilling into the play, moment by moment, to make sure that intentions...

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 2nd Installment

This week, rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest moved from working around the table to staging. Now the actors are walking and talking, and absorbing a myriad of details.

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Fresh Eyes on EARNEST, 1st Installment

This week, rehearsals began for our upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Artists Rep's production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy that sends up Victorian society comes with a...

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