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 FEATHERS AND TEETH, 3rd Installment

Where there are beasts, there will be blood. So this week’s rehearsals for FEATHERS AND TEETH included one that was entirely devoted to figuring out the blood: where does it...

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Fresh Eyes on FEATHERS AND TEETH, 2nd Installment

This week, Elizabeth and Anthony joined us in rehearsals to watch scene work for FEATHERS AND TEETH.

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Fresh Eyes on FEATHERS & TEETH, 1st Installment

On Tuesday, FEATHERS AND TEETH rehearsals began, launching our journey into a crazy world of horror, grief, and laughter.

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Fresh Eyes on A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 6th Installment

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner was able to see A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS again after being away for a few weeks.

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On December 6th, Resident Artist Susannah Mars hosted an evening of music with the arrangers from A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 5th Installment

Our fine Fresh Eyes fellows, Matthew Corwin and Brennan Randel, joined us again for the second preview performance of A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

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Fresh Eyes on A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 4th Installment

It's tech time! A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS has moved into the theatre, and now it's time to add the set, costumes, and lighting.

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 3rd Installment

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS moved into the theatre this week. After three weeks of working in the rehearsal room with the set taped out on the floor, we've moved onto...

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Fresh Eyes on CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 2nd Installment

After a week and a half of rehearsal, the staging has been sketched in and most of the songs have been worked on at least briefly.

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Fresh Eyes on A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, 1st Installment

Rehearsals began this week for Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS. In the play, a group of people tell the story of Christmas Eve, 1864, a frigid night on the...

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