Iris Klein teaches, coaches and directs in Los Angeles and holds workshops in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Iris Klein grew up in New Jersey, one suburb away from Manhattan. At five years old she watched her cousin, Jerome Robbins’ masterful, “West Side Story,” from the fifth row. At nine years old she heard Mànitas De Plata play flamenco guitar at Carnegie Hall which opened her ears to the music of the world. At twelve, Iris witnessed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton read Shakespeare, poetry, and verse to each other in a ‘by invitation only,’ intimate theatre space. This is where she fell in love with the theatre. She believes exposure to the arts at an early age is essential to expand our understanding of the human condition and opens our hearts to passion and compassion. She attended New College of California in San Francisco and returned to NYC where she resided for the next ten years. The decade was filled with music on Bleeker Street, broadway, off-broadway, and just off-off. Iris worked on the NYC stages and on films in Manhattan where she worked with and watched the likes of Coppola, Scorsese, Lumet, and Benton create and direct. A few of those years were spent traveling the world with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, filming documentaries up and down the Amazon River and through a vast part of the world.
Iris moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to act and performed for playwright Eugene Ionesco and his wife to packed theatres under the direction of Paul Verdier in, Ionesco’s Tales, at Stages Theatre. She was directed by John Cassavetes in his play, A Woman of Mystery, starring Gena Rowlands, Woody Harrelson and Carol Kane at the Court Theatre. Cassavetes’ artistic fearlessness continues to inspire and shape her. TV and film credits followed. Iris directed “Conversations in Black and White,” by Pamela Galvin in off broadway’s New York City Theatre, 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, Boris Kojoe and Billy Brown. The independent film shot 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.
Iris Klein’s teachers include: Janet Alhanti (mother), Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, John Cassavettes, Robert X. Modica and Joan Darling.
Klein is available for private coaching, training, audition preparation, script breakdown, self tape auditions and Skype.
Acting Is An Art Form Of Self Discovery. Through Each Other, We Discover Ourselves. When We Know What Affects Us, The Character Can Live In Us.
Every Action Creates A Reaction Which Determines The Point Of View. Acting Is What We Do About How We Feel. Acting Is Doing. Acting is Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances. Through A Process Of Exercises That Teaches The Actor To Trust Their Instincts And Impulses, To Be Present and In The Moment, The Actor Learns To Focus And To Listen And Respond Truthfully, Developing A Heightened Awareness . Utilizing Ones Experience, Imagination, Research And Intelligence, The Truth Is Revealed.
Client List: *Aaron Cash *Aloe Blacc *Audrey Marie Anderson*Ashley Liao*Bianca Lawson*Billy Brown*Boris Kojoe*Brian White*Bridget Moynahan*Charisma Carpenter*Chloe East*Emma Roberts*Erika Alexander*Felicia Day*Gethin Anthony*Jackie Tohn*Jamie Alexander*Josh Brolin*Leo Howard**Lisa Lampanelli*Lucy Lawless*Maggie Grace*Monica Lacy*Morena Baccarin*Mia Maestro*Shannyn Sossaman*Jaclyn Smith*Teal Sherer*Theodore Melfi (Director)*Tiffany Haddish*Tommy Lee (Musician)*Vanessa Hudgens
Current and recent shows:
Arrow; Blue Bloods; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Criminal Minds; CSI-New Orleans/NY/LA; House; How to get away with Murder; Mad Dogs; Olive Kitteridge; Scandal; Queen Sugar; Scream Queens; Santa Clarita Diet; Six Degrees; Sleepy Hollow; The Magicians; The Strain; Tron; The Unit; Underground; Walking Dead; Wayward Pines…
Best of Yelp 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Best Director: TRICKS (3 Janes) Angel Film Festival/ Los Angeles Nomination: TRICKS (3 Janes) River Run Film Festival/ North Carolina
Iris also paints and sculpts. IrisKleinArt.com