Iris Klein teaches, coaches and directs in Los Angeles, CA and holds workshops in Honolulu, Hawaii.
I grew up in New Jersey, one suburb away from Manhattan. My parents studied and worked over the bridge in New York City. Eighteen years later I resided in the city, through the decade of music on Bleeker Street, guitars and song. I worked on films and watched Coppola, Scorsese and Benton direct and as an actress played off broadway and just off, Off Broadway. While working with the Australia Broadcasting Commission, ABC’s Jeff McMullen and a crew of one other, we filmed documentaries up the Amazon River, and across a part of the world.
I moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to act and I performed for Eugene Ionesco, his wife and packed theatres under the direction of Paul Verdier in, Ionesco’s Tales, at Stages Theatre. I was directed by John Cassavetes in his play, A Woman of Mystery, starring Gena Rowlands at the Court Theatre. Cassavetes‘ artistic fearlessness continues to inspire and shape me. TV and film credits followed. I directed “Conversations in Black and White,” by Pamela Galvin off broadway. I co-wrote and co-directed with Jim Klein festival winner, indie feature; “Three Janes,” starring Gail O’Grady, Erika Alexander, Stephanie Romanov, Michael Murphy, John Glover and Louis Ferreira and with Brian White and Billy Brown in Los Angeles Chicago and Las Vegas.
. The feature won the Diamond Halo Award for Best Direction at the Angel CIty Film Festival in Hollywood and was honored at the RiverRun International Film Festival in North Carolina.
My teachers include: Janet Alhanti (mother), Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, John Cassavettes, Robert X. Modica and Joan Darling.
Also available for private coaching, training, audition preparation, script breakdown. Self tape auditions and Skype.