Schreyer was born in Blasewitz in 1886. He studied law and art history at the universities of University of Heidelberg, Humboldt University of Berlin and University of Leipzig, with a doctorate in law, in 1910.
From 1911 to 1918, he worked as a dramatic advisor, and assistant director at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. From 1914, he worked with Herwarth Walden, director of the gallery 'Der Sturm' in Berlin. From 1916 to 1928, he was editor of Der Sturm. In 1918, together with Walden, he founded an experimental Expressionist theater called 'Sturm-Bühne'. The costume designer was the ill-fated Lavinia Schulz who appeared as a dancer in a robotic inspired costume, but left in about 1920.
In 1921, he was invited to lead the stage workshop at the Bauhaus. His production of Mondspiel failed: this play caused a protest among the students. He left the Bauhaus two years later.
In 1933 he converted to Catholicism. During the 1930s, he was concerned with Christian mysticism and folk ideas, and ultimately the Nazi ideology, signing the Gelöbnis treuester Gefolgschaft, the 1933 declaration in which 88 German authors vowed faithful allegiance to Adolf Hitler. However, his work was included in the "Degenerate art" exhibition of 1937.
- Theateraufsätze, Issue 3 of Works, Lothar Schreyer, Editor Brian Keith-Smith, Edwin Mellen Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-7734-1354-2
- Walter Holdt and Lavinia Schulz, UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, Retrieved 26 May 2016
- The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts, 1919-1936 - Margret Kentgens-Craig - Google Boeken
- 88 "writers", from Letters of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, 1900-1949, Volume 12 of Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism, University of California Press 1998 ISBN 0-520-07278-2, p. 367-8
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- LACMA Collections Online
- Herwarth Walden und 'Der Sturm' (TV mini-series 1992– ) - IMDb