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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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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Fresh Eyes on The Skin of Our Teeth: 4th Installment

Katy and Jessica were able to join us over the weekend for the first full run through of the play.

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Fresh Eyes on The Skin of Our Teeth: 3rd Installment

This past Tuesday, our Fresh Eyed gang came to rehearsals anticipating a run through of at least a part of the show. But there was a change of plans.

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Fresh Eyes on The Skin of Our Teeth: 2nd Installment

On Tuesday, April 26th, three of our Fresh Eyes crew joined us, along with about sixty other Guild members, theatre supporters and staff, for presentations from designers about how they...

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Fresh Eyes on The Skin of Our Teeth: 1st Installment

Rehearsals for The Skin of Our Teeth began this week for the five actors who make up the Antrobus household; the rest of the cast will join us next week...

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Fresh Eyes on We Are Proud, 5th Installment

We had Fresh Eyes on the first preview of We Are Proud...  Along with a nearly full house of people, Roberta, Kate and Lesli met this funny, surprising, wrenching play in its...

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Fresh Eyes on We Are Proud, 4th Installment

Fresh Eyes observers Lesli Mones and Roberta Hunte sat in on a rehearsal this past Sunday to see a run through.

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