Hafiz Karmali


Hafiz Karmali is a Director/Designer, Performer and Translator. After pursuing his Master of Fine Arts (Directing) at Carnegie-Mellon University, Hafiz served an apprenticeship at the American Repertory Theatre (Harvard) where he assisted Robert Wilson and Andrei Serban. In 2015, Hafiz directed two plays in New York City at the South Asian International Festival: Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore, one of India's finest poets, and Invasion! by Jonas Hassen Khemiri. The latter production won three awards including Best Director. In the Fall of 2014, Hafiz staged Conference of the Birds at Brandeis University Theatre Department. In 2013, Mr. Karmali's encounter with South Asian performing artists based in New York led to M.A.D. Playhouse's production of Half-Hearted by Mohan Rakesh at the historic Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre. Other directing credits include: War & Peace, an anti-war farce by Tawfiq al-Hakim and Rumi x 7 = Tales from the Masnavi performed in circus style with clowns and acrobats at the ReOrient Festival 2012 held by Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. To commemorate the Aga Khan's golden jubilee as spiritual leader, Hafiz co-wrote and directed an international touring theatre production, Ali to Karim – A Tribute to the Ismaili Imams. At the ReOrient Festival in 2009, Hafiz directed three new plays (Abaga by Torange Yeghiazarian; The Review (a Skype play) and an Egyptian adaptation of Chekhov's The Marriage Proposal by Yussef el-Guindi. Hafiz was also a member of a panel on theatre and peace-building.