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 WOLF PLAY, 2nd Installation

This week our Fresh Eyes observer, Martha Spence, was in rehearsals watching as the characters and their relationships emerge and start to clarify.

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Fresh Eyes on WOLF PLAY, 1st Installation

WOLF PLAY by Hansol Jung began rehearsals this week -- an exciting development for this play that was commissioned in 2017 by Table|Room|Stage.

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 6th Installment

TEENAGE DICK is in the last phase of rehearsal: preview week, when the final element of any production -- the audience -- arrives.

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 5th Installation

Tech week is upon us! TEENAGE DICK has moved from the rehearsal hall to the stage, and all of the technical aspects -- lights, sounds, costumes and set -- are...

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 4th Installation

It's the last week of working in the rehearsal room for TEENAGE DICK, and the focus is on refining and enriching the actors' work before they move into the theatre...

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 3rd Installation

Rehearsals for TEENAGE DICK are focussed on scene work and fight choreography this week. The actors are building their characters layer by layer, always pursuing greater clarity, depth and complexity.

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 2nd Installment

TEENAGE DICK is in its second week of rehearsal, and the work is now focussed on how the actors move during the play: staging, plus fight and dance choreography.

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Fresh Eyes on TEENAGE DICK, 1st Installment

Rehearsals began this Tuesday, December 11th, for TEENAGE DICK, Mike Lew's new play that is "vaguely after Richard III".

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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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