Audition Information

The Conference of the Birds

By Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carrière
Based on the poem by Farid ud-Din Attar
Directed by Hafiz Karmali

One day, all the birds of the world gather for a great conference. They declare their realm is in chaos and set out on a journey to seek their king, the Simorgh, a beautiful and benevolent bird of Persian myth. Their voyage through the desert and valleys is laced with riddles and parables, deep spiritual questions and great temptations.

International theater artist, Hafiz Karmali, directs this epic mystical fable. After pursuing his M.F.A. at Carnegie-Mellon University, Mr. Karmali apprenticed at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA where he assisted Robert Wilson and Andrei Serban. His directing credits include Rumi x 7, a circus style presentation of the famous Sufi poet’s tales.

As a highly stylized dance-theater piece, performers will have an exciting opportunity to explore mask work, physical theatre styles from Eastern and Western traditions as well as playing multiple roles including birds, humans and angels!

Thursday, August 28, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, August 29, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Rehearsal Room (206), Spingold Theater Center

Sign up for an audition slot on the bulletin board in the Main Lobby of Spingold.

Please prepare:

  • 2 minute contemporary monologue
  • 2 minutes showcasing a unique skill, such as singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, or playing a musical instrument
  • Choose one of the selected sides (excerpts) to read. See Alyssa Avis in Room 141 for sides, or request sides by emailing
  • Dress in comfortable clothes as you may be asked to move.

We welcome everyone with all levels of experience!

Callbacks: Friday, August 29, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Important Dates:
Rehearsals begin Monday, October 13, 2014
Rehearsals are typically Monday - Friday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. and Saturdays
Performances are November 20-23, 2014

Join the director, Hafiz Karmali, for a Meet & Greet prior to auditions!
Pizza will be served!
Thursday, August 28 at 12 p.m.
Main Lobby, Spingold Theater Center