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American Conservatory Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company present The Bushwick Starr’s production of

Animal Wisdom

by Heather Christian

Produced in association with Matt Ross,
Madeleine Foster Bersin, Outskirt Media, and The Bushwick Starr

May 15–Jun 27, 2021

Animal Wisdom

May 15–Jun 27, 2021

“Dazzlingly original! A combination requiem mass, séance, revival meeting, metaphysical lecture, rock concert”


“Heather Christian’s truly one-of-a-kind opus”

The New York Times

“A captivating storyteller…each song is a little masterpiece.”



The Washington Post

“Spectacular Animal Wisdom conjures spirits & raises the roof!”


“A piece of wonderment”

Front Mezz Junkies
Film Directed by Amber McGinnis | Stage Direction by Emilyn Kowaleski
Production Design by Christopher Bowser | Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton | Percussion Design by Eric Farber
Featuring Heather Christian, Sasha Brown, Eric Farber, B.E. Farrow, & Maya Sharpe
Made in collaboration with and orchestrated by Heather Christian, Sasha Brown, Fred Epstein, Eric Farber, & Maya Sharpe

Do you believe in ghosts? Take a virtual front row seat for this original film of the acclaimed musical séance, Animal Wisdom, where singer-songwriter-soothsayer Heather Christian lays to rest the souls that haunt her. Christian shapeshifts between rock star, folklorist and high priestess as she conjures a constellation of souls in an effort to confront her family’s mythologies.

With their raucous, ferocious music that fuses blues, gospel and folk, Heather Christian invites you to raise a glass to the unseen forces that shape our lives. Adapted from the stage production that had a sold-out and acclaimed run at The Bushwick Starr, Animal Wisdom offers a transporting experience where a concert becomes a mass, and a mass becomes a séance, all in your living room.

Animal Wisdom Trailer