Audition Information

Please see below for a message to all Williams students from the director and dramaturg of Theatre’s spring production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, scheduled to begin rehearsing in February and present in early March 2019.


A Message from the Judas Iscariot Artistic Team:

Shadi Ghaheri (director) and Cat Rodríguez (dramaturg) invite you to two days of conversation, theatrical workshop, and audition.

As promised at the end of last semester, we’ll be returning to campus for two more days of conversation/audition. Thank you to all the students who emailed us with thoughts about student availabilities. The consensus was that Jan 23-24 and Feb 1-3 were the better choices. Based on this information, and from these two options, we’ve scheduled our return for Jan. 23-24. This way, involved students and creative team members will have more time to get ready for rehearsals, which start Feb 5th. Please see below for important information about the schedule for Jan 23-24.

If you are interested but cannot attend both days (Jan 23-24), you can audition by sending a self-tape. Auditioning in-person is strongly preferred, but we want to make sure that audition availability does not dictate participation. Please email us for more information about the self-tape option if you absolutely cannot make the audition in person.


The first day and a half of this visit will be for first-time auditions—we welcome all students who are interested in being involved in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot but who were unable to join us during our visit in December. Before the production process begins, we will begin the work of listening to and sharing with each other each other. We understand that the community has raised concerns pertaining to theater-making processes and productions. We have asked that this session be kept between students and visiting artists Shadi and Cat; anyone who is interested in auditioning or participating in the community-related conversation is welcome to join. We believe that to join your community, to make art together, and to move forward we should listen as you bear witness to whatever you desire to share.

On the second day, we will begin with auditions for those who could not participate in December. In the latter half of the second day, we will ask everyone who auditioned in December to return and audition alongside everyone who has just joined us for the first time; we want to take this approach so that we can bridge the gaps not only in time between auditions but also between the groups of auditioning actors. We want everyone who has auditioned to feel confident that they are fresh in our minds, and we want everyone to know that we will be considering all of you together in creating a company from both auditioning cohorts.

The days will look like this:

Day One: 1/23, 4:30pm-7pm, ’62 Center Directing Studio

  • For students auditioning for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for the first time
  • Introductions: Interested students and Shadi and Cat meet each other
  • Conversation: An open space for students to share what is on their mind in relationship to theatre, this play, and our environment at Williams College
  • An introduction to The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Day Two: 1/24, 4:30pm-10pm (dinner break 7pm-8pm), ’62 Center Directing Studio

  • For students auditioning for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for the first time
    • Audition for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (the sides will be provided the day of, but reading the play is very much encouraged)
  • For ALL students who have auditioned, whether in December or January
    • Callback auditions (sides provided same day)


– Shadi and Cat

Thank you and I am looking forward to meeting you all,

Shadi Ghaheri
MFA Director
Yale School of Drama
Email [email protected] for future correspondences.


Perusal scripts can be found at the ’62 Center callboard.