About Iris Sowlat
Hi, I'm Iris!
I'm a Chicago-based director. My work examines socially relevant issues seen through an unexpected lens in order to foster moments of revelation for both the characters and the audience. I work to create a perspective that cuts right to the heart and soul of the material at hand.
Directing credits include The Days Are Shorter (Pride Films & Plays), Joan of Arc, Underworld Anthem, and The Anxiety Variety Show (RhinoFest), ABCD (Piven Theatre's Lab), The Bear (Accidental Shakespeare Co.), and Narratives of Achromatopsia (Chicago Fringe Festival), as well as additional work with American Blues Theatre, Collaboraction, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, and Global Hive Laboratories.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I had to put two full productions put on hold indefinitely. But that hasn't stopped me from directing shows with the resources I have! This winter, I'm directing a "full" Zoom production of the new play The Let's Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder Together Spectacular by Lauren Wimmer for Possibilities Theatre. Then, I'm directing a virtual adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the spring for Accidental Shakespeare Co..
In addition to directing, I produce play festivals and evenings of work in order to build creative spaces and foster connections between artists. Producing credits include three iterations of Climate Change Theatre Action (for the global movement through NoPassport Theatre Alliance), Violet Surprise: Femslash Fest (Violet Surprise Theatre at Otherworld Theatre), After Orlando (Pride Arts Center) and many more.