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 this hasn't stopped me from directing shows with the resources I have! This past winter, I'm directed a "full" Zoom production of the new play The Let's Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder Together Spectacular by Lauren Wimmer for Possibilities Theatre. Currently, I'm finishing post-production for a virtually-shot film of Romeo and Juliet in the spring for Accidental Shakespeare Co., which will air in five installments for free on Accidental Shakespeare Co.'s YouTube channel in May and June of 2021. I am also currently devising The Icon Project, a play about seven queer women from history coming together to share ideas, make art, create new activism, which will premiere as a virtual production at the end of this summer.
This Fall, I'll begin earning my MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.