About Iris Sowlat
Hi, I'm Iris!
I'm a theatre director, originally from Chicago, and currently earning my MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst..
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.
At UMass Amherst, I recently directed Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, adapted by Sarah Ruhl from the novel by Virginia Woolf and Sarah Ruhl's Late: A Cowboy Song. This year, for my Thesis, I'm directing Lauren Gunderson's Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.
Last summer, I served as the Associate Director for Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Shelby Lewis, at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp
Chicago directing credits include Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and Chekhov's The Bear (Accidental Shakespeare Co.), The Days Are Shorter (Pride Films & Plays), Joan of Arc, Underworld Anthem, and The Anxiety Variety Show (Prop Thtr's RhinoFest), The Icon Project (workshop, Violet Surprise Theatre), ABCD (Piven Theatre's Lab), and Narratives of Achromatopsia (Chicago Fringe Festival), as well as additional work with American Blues Theatre, Collaboraction, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, and Global Hive Laboratories, among others.