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 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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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 4th Installment

A rehearsal process always moves from broad strokes to detail work. It begins with figuring out where actors can stand or sit -- that takes the first couple of weeks...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 3rd Installment

This was Magellanica's third week of rehearsal. In this short time, they have staged nearly the entire play — which is no mean feat, given that the script is 298...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 2nd Installment

This week, the actors in Magellanica have begun to talk and walk. After the first few days of sitting around the table and digging into the script, it is time...

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Fresh Eyes on MAGELLANICA, 1st Installment

Almost exactly a year ago, we – the Artists Rep staff – became enthralled by E.M. Lewis’s play, MAGELLANICA.

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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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