Luan Schooler is the Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Since starting there in 2015, she has initiated projects with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Linda Alper, Andrea Stolowitz, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. Before joining Artists Rep, she was Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Berkeley Rep for several years, and worked with many writers including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, Lillian Groag, Bridget Carpenter, and Robert Fagles. While at Berkeley Rep, she served as production dramaturg on many productions, including with Lisa Peterson on Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. At OSF, she provided dramaturgy during two seasons, including on David Edgar’s Continental Divide, a project so large it required three dramaturgs: Lue Douthit, Douglas Langworthy, and Luan Schooler. (Interesting side note: the collective noun is ‘aggravation’, as in, “an aggravation of dramaturgs”.) Prior to all these experiences, she was a company member of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska for many years. There, she learned what makes plays tick by working with artists like Paula Vogel, John Murrell, Molly Smith, Per Olav Sorensen, Pavel Dobrusky, John Luther Adams, and many others. In the Mid-Aughts, she took a seven-year sabbatical from making theater to be a cheesemonger in Portland, Oregon. There, she worked with legendary wheels such as Comte, Vacherin Mont D’Or, Red Hawk, Lincolnshire Poacher, Rogue River Blue, and 137 others, plus meats and chocolates. Though it was a delicious era, she happily left it behind to return to theatre.