Starting 7/19/24, 6:30:00 pm: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Chris Okiishi

Christopher Okiishi is a writer, performer, director, and producer of theater based in Iowa City. In recent years, he and/or his work has been seen at The Writer’s Room at SPT Theatre, Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, Coe College, The Hook: Drop the Mic, The University of Iowa Department of Theater, Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, the New York Film Academy, and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.

He also is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at several Iowa locations. He lectures regularly on topics of children’s mental health, nominated for “Teacher of the Year” eleven times at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He teaches the Senior Musical Theater Intensive Class at the Nolte Academy in Coralville and coaches the Musical Theater Speech teams at Iowa City High.

​He is a life-long lover of musical theater and has written the scores for four theater projects and one film, the latter of which won Best Musical at the 2016 Garden State Film Festival. He lives in Iowa City with his partner, actor/director Patrick DuLaney. Together they founded a production company dedicated to bringing great works of theater to unusual locations in the Iowa Creative Corridor. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and sleeping, usually in that order.

Chris joins our 19/20 season as…