About Iris Sowlat
Iris Sowlat is a Chicago-based director whose work focuses on the socially relevant themes of queerness, feminism, and gender. Using innovative storytelling techniques, including genre-bending, heightened language and movement, and magical realism, she works to create a perspective that cuts through the intellectual 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), The Bear (Accidental Shakespeare Co.), Narratives of Achromatopsia (Chicago Fringe Festival), and Jane (Chicago Women's History Center).
In 2020, Iris will direct full productions of The Black Knight by Angeli Pimlani for Lifeboat Productions and Romeo and Juliet for Accidental Shakespeare Company.
In addition to directing, she produces and curates play festivals and evenings of work, to build creative spaces and foster connections between artists. Such festival include Violet Surprise: Femslash Festival, Violet Surprise: Lez Beaus, History Lezons, Climate Change Theatre Action and After Orlando.
She was named one of the Windy City Times "30 Under 30" - one of the thirty "best and brightest" LGBT Chicagoans making a difference.
Sowlat's core values include:
- Making the Invisible... Visible
- Smart Art, Done Simply
- People Over Product