Poetry Witch Ritual Theater is a pop-up theater company producing performance at the intersection of poetry and spirituality. Our goal is to enjoy and reclaim poetry's most ancient mission: crafting rhythmic words to connect with ourselves, each other, and the earth. Each PWRT performance offers a unique fusion of poetry, theater and ceremony created by Annie in collaboration with local performers, musicians, and other creative artists.
Poetry Witch Ritual Theater shows can mark holidays like Winter Solstice or Earth Day, values such as diversity or peace, or occasions such as the dedication of a new town building. Sign up below to be notified of upcoming shows, or fill out this query to inquire about bringing PWRT to your area.
Previous Poetry Witch Ritual Theater Performances
A Seed for Spring Equinox Womb-Healing Ritual & Performance *NYC*
A fusion of music, poetry, and healing ceremony for women, interweaving the tale of Persephone and Demeter with dance and chant for the Goddess Oshun. Premiered April 2019 at 4th Universalist Society, Central Park West, New York. Performed by Annie Finch, Deborah Roth, and Graciela Asher and featuring a world premiere of "Seed for Spring Equinox" with music by Matthew Harris
Winter Solstice Dreams *NYC*
Annie Finch as Poetry Witch performs the fertile gifts of darkness and the cauldron of light in a theatrical staging of pageantry, music, song and ritual spiraling together Solstice ceremony, goddess mythology, and poetic incantation. Premiered at Deepak Homespace, NYC, 2018, produced by Rozanne Gold and directed by Vera Beren with Annie Finch as Poetry Witch, music composed by Matthew Harris and performed by the Triple Goddess Chorus.
Samhain Veils *DC*
A spine-chilling, inspiring, and fun performance of poems, spells, and curses for the Witch's new year, Halloween, when the veil between the worlds of dead and living is the thinnest. Solo show produced, written, and performed by Annie Finch. Premiered at LaPop Cultural Salon, Washington DC, 2018
Calling in the Magic of Place *ME*
A ceremony and performance to bless and connect with the spirit of the place where we are. Premiered at Stonington Opera House, Deer Isle, Maine, 2017, Sponsored by the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum, with music by Church of the Morning After.
Five Directions *ME*
"Five Directions" combines ritual poetry with invocation, dance, mask, song, and story. Premiered at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine, 2015, produced and directed by Lady Zen (Alzenira Quezada), featuring Annie Finch as Poetry Witch with music by Paul Servizio and belly dance by Joie Grandbois and Dark Follies.
Eleusinian Mysteries *TX*
A Goddess miracle play of interactive ritual theater centering on the Eleusianian Mysteries and the esoteric dance of sacred display. Premiered at the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, San Antonio, TX, 2014, produced, directed, and performed by Annie Finch as Poetry Witch with music and performance by members of the Austin, Texas Godddess Circle.
Summer Solstice Dawning *NM*
Interactive poetic ritual theater focused on themes of creativity, fertility, and empowerment. Premiered at A Room of Her Own Conference, Ghost Ranch, NM, 2011, produced and directed by Annie Finch with participants in Poetry as Ritual workshop.
Chant for the Sun *Republic of the Congo*
Ceremonial solo performance of "Summer Solstice Chant." Premiered Spring 2010 at the Ministry of Culture, Republic of the Congo.
The Furious Sun in Her Mane *IA*
Ritual theater performance of the sequence of Goddess poems from Annie's book Eve. Premiered at Hearst Center for the Performing Arts, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1993, produced and directed by Annie Finch, choreography by Georgia Bonatis for nine dancers, masks by Marie Francois.
The Moon and the Snake *CA*
Ritual theater performance of an original short play by Annie Finch. Premiered at Cloudhouse Poetry Archive, San Francisco, May 1989, produced, directed, and performed by Annie Finch, music by Glen Btand and performance by Francesca DeGrandis.
The Encyclopedia of Scotland *NY and MA*
Ritual theater performance of Annie's first book The Encyclopedia of Scotland. Premiered at Brooklyn Art Theater and at Hampshire College, 1982, produced, directed, and performed by Annie Finch, costumes by Alix Baer and music by Fiction Music Ensemble.