Janet Schlapkohl


Screen Shot 2022-11-29 at 7.40.06 PM Janet Schlapkohl is a playwright, comedian, actress, director, and professor. Commissions include: University of Iowa Labor Center, Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Theatre Masters, Germans in the Global Midwest Symposium, and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Her work has been performed in Los Angeles, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, and across Iowa. She performs solo shows and entertains at corporate events and conferences. Her play My Sister was featured in the LA Times, the Huffington Post, and the Israeli Times. In 2001, she founded Combined Efforts Theatre, a non-profit organization purposefully inclusive of actors with disabilities. In 1999, she founded a children’s summer camp based on theatrical principles and focused on nature. In 2021, she started an outdoor academic year program for elementary school students.

Education:  MFA in Playwriting and MS in education from the University of Iowa. BS in Biology from Iowa State University. She has been the recipient of the Theatre Master’s Award, Visionary Playwright’s Award, the Isabelle Turner Human Rights Award, the Richard Maibaum Award, the Human Rights Graduate Student Award, the Finkbine Award for Human Rights, and the 6 Women Playwriting Festival.

Janet has three grown children, four grandchildren, and lives on an acreage in Iowa with her husband, a large animal veterinarian.