Currently a choreography teacher at the Greek State School of Dance, Iris is a dancer and a choreographer. She studied dance at the Greek State School of Dance and completed her MA in Performance and Culture: interdisciplinary perspectives (Goldsmiths College) in the UK. She is the founding member and choreographer of ZITA (2002). Her works: "The Forest" (2003), "Self portrait" (2005-09), "Domestic animals" (2008), "A time to mourn" (2009), "LEG ACY" (2010), "CRACK" (2010), "Mothers" (2012) have been shown in Athens, Thessaloniki, Bucharest, London, Poland, Serbia, France (Pau), Italy (Bologna), Switzerland (Zurich), Kalamata.
In 2010 she was awarded the 1st prize of the Jarmila Jeřábková Award in NEW EUROPE FESTIVAL 2010, for her works "A time to mourn" and "LEG ACY". In 2013 ZITA and Iris Karayan, with the work Mothers, were selected as a priority company for the international dance network Aerowaves.