Iris Sowlat is a director from Chicago IL, and is excited to start earning her MFA at UMass Amherst! Her work examines socially relevant issues seen through a surprising or unexpected lens. Directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Accidental Shakespeare Co.), Joan of Arc and Underworld Anthem (Prop Theatre’s RhinoFest), ABCD (Piven Theatre’s Lab), The Days Are Shorter (Pride Films & Plays), Narratives of Achromatopsia (Chicago Fringe Festival), and many more! She has also worked with Northlight Theatre, About Face Theatre, American Theater Company, and NoPassport Theatre Alliance, among others. She is the co-Artistic Director of Violet Surprise Theatre.