Hello! I'm Han. (Rhymes with "man.") My pronouns are they/them/theirs. I'm a queer, non-binary, multidisciplinary actor and theatre artist. I make gutsy, tender, chaotic art.
I grew up on Cape Cod, and went to college in Philly at the University of Pennsylvania. I thought I was going to be a poet (ha), but what I really wanted most was to make and act in plays. After I graduated, I ran a theatre company out of my apartment, toured an original solo show through Philly, New Orleans, and Off-Broadway, did a lot of Shakespeare in a lot of parks, and played drums in an electronic folk band. In fall 2018, I began pursuing my MFA in Acting at Brown/Trinity Rep.
During the summer of 2019 I played the title role in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Foeller Fellowship production of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando, and Danny in a studio production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. In March 2022, I made my off-Broadway debut in Bryna Turner's world premiere production of At The Wedding, at Lincoln Center.
I've been described by critics as "foxy," "striking,' "exuberant," "reckless," and "utterly charming." I love contact improv, making pastel portraits of my friends, playing lots of instruments, and chasing my cat, Cleopatra. Lovely to (sort of) meet you.
Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical - Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto, People's Light & Theatre Company
Phindie Critics' Awards: Honorable Mention, Best Supporting Actor - Coriolanus, Lantern Theatre Company
"...Most notable among them is Van Sciver, who can sling Turner’s gibes as well as Carlo-the-character and Wiseman-the-actor. It becomes quite a slugfest when the two of them cagily match innuendos up on the roof." /New York Stage Review, At The Wedding, Lincoln Center
"an androgynous Lothario....Van Sciver [gives a] foxy performance..." /New York Times, At The Wedding, Lincoln Center
"An exuberant performer..." /Princeton Town Topics, Bicycle Face, Passage Theatre
"Van Sciver was outstanding as the long lost and much put-upon Marina..." /Wicked Local Truro, Pericles, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival
"....at the heart of Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please are Van Sciver and Scheppard’s delicately detailed performances..." /Broad Street Review, Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please, The Greenfield Collective
"The strong, fresh-faced Van Sciver [dives] head first into each role with reckless abandon...buoyant throughout the entire production..." /Foley Got Comped, Coriolanus, Lantern Theatre
"Van Sciver....a pleasure to see and hear." /Huffington Post, Pericles, Die-Cast & Tennessee Williams Festival
"...portrayed with meditative intensity by Van Sciver." /Phindie, Fifty Days at Iliam, The Greenfield Collective