Luan Schooler was born in West Texas, where she trailed her big sister into dance classes and community theatre. When she was 12, the family packed up and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where play practice and recitals continued to consume her. After being kicked out of high school, she was eventually accepted into the theatre program at CalArts. One thing led to another and a life in theatre was launched.
Over the years, she morphed from acting, directing and writing, into dramaturgy and literary management. She has worked with many theatres around the country, most notably with Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska (where she met and married the marvelous Tim), Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep, and developed new plays with exceptional artists including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Leon Ingulsrud, Lisa Peterson, Paula Vogel and Molly Smith. In the Mid-Aughts, she took a sabbatical from theatre to open a cheese shop, but happily left it behind to return to theatre. In 2015, she joined Artists Rep to launch Table | Room| Stage, the theatre’s new play development program. Here, she is developing work with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Andrea Stolowitz, Linda Alper, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Steve Rathje, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. She also does production dramaturgy on most of Artists Rep’s shows, recently directed The Thanksgiving Play and A Doll’s House, Part 2 here, and keeps her thumb in a variety of other pies (including working with Lisa Peterson on her translation of Hamlet for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project).