SEASON 15 | JUNE 2003

The Conference of the Birds
summer youth theatre

Persian Sufi Poem (1157 CE) by Farid Uddi Attar
Adapted by Susan Estelle Kelso
Directed by Wendy Goodwin
Presented by The VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre


A beautiful and inspiring tale, Conference of the Birds gathers together diverse birds for a spiritual journey. These birds explore life, love, and death through story and parable. Dynamic stylized movement and sound support a vibrant telling of this ancient tale for modern audiences.

Summer Youth Theatre's ensemble of 17 teenagers collaborates with adult guest artists including actors and designers. Adult actors include: Matthew Patterson, Traci Laird, & Edmund Pantuliano.


Directed by Wendy Goodwin. Adapted & Arranged by Susan Kelso. Scenic Designer: Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Designer: Jason Amato. Costume Designer: Kari Perkins. Sound Designer: Chad Salvata. Choreographer: Le Easter


Now in its 12th year, VORTEX's Summer Youth Theatre presents high-caliber theatrical productions and has received B. Iden Payne and Critics' Table Awards for past productions including Moby Dick, Machinal, The Frogs, and Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. SYT's other past works include Cyrano, Animal Farm, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Insect Comedy, An Enemy of the People, Rhinoceros, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Step on a Crack.

Summer Youth Theatre is funded in part by The VORTEX Repertory Company, the City of Austin under the auspices of the Austin Arts Commission and by the Texas Commission on the Arts.