Born and raised in the Bronx, Iris moved to Israel at the age of 13 and stayed there until completing her military service. She then embarked on an extensive solo journey through Asia, which is chronicled in her first work of non-fiction, DORK WHORE, published this Spring.
Upon returning from Asia, Iris began her studies at Brown University, where in addition to theatre, Iris studied Neuropsychology, conducting fMRI research at Stanford University and Cancer Research at the Psychobiology Center at Tel Aviv University as well.
Upon graduating from Brown, magna cum laude, Iris moved to NYC where she decided to focus on acting full time. She completed the NYSF Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theatre and enrolled in the the Actors Center Conservatory, studying with master teachers Earle Gister (Yale), Ron Van Lieu (NYU Tisch), Chris Bayes (Juilliard), Bill Irwin and others, as well as the world renowned Theatre De Complicite in London.
Iris has since relocated to Los Angeles where she has found much success as an actor, comic, writer and director. She has starred on Curb your Enthusiasm, Commander in Chief, E-Ring, King of Queens, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Strong Medicine, The Agency, Dragnet, The Rerun Show, Star Trek Voyager and several pilots. As a stand-up, she was invited to perform as a new face of comedy at the famous Montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival and continues to perform at clubs on both coasts. Her directorial debut THE UNCHOSEN ONES, entirely improvised on the streets of Israel and starring Iris as all 5 characters, was featured at the Cannes Short Film Corner. In addition, her solo show "Planet America" ran for over a year and was nominated for Best Solo Performance Award by LA Weekly.
Her newest solo show DAI (enough) garnered much crticial acclaim and ran at the Culture Project Off Broadway for several months. Iris was also just nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for DAI and is headed to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival this Summer.