Leadership

Paata Tsikurishvili

Founding Artistic Director and CEO

A native of the Republic of Georgia, is an innovative, award-winning international artistic director, director and educator with more than 30 years of experience fusing the classical elements of drama, movement, dance, pantomime and music. Since Synetic Theater’s founding in 2001, Mr. Tsikurishvili has received impressive 25 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and has wan the awards 9-times. Paata & Irina was named “Washingtonian of the Year”  in 2013. Paata has directed and performed in Hamlet … the rest is silence, The Master and Margarita, The Crackpots, Dracula, Host and Guest and Frankenstein, Island of Doctor Moreau. Paata has directed up to 60 productions including Salomé, Bohemians, Jason and the Argonauts,The Dybbuk, Faust, Frankenstein, Macbeth, Animal Farm, The Fall of the House of Usher, A Christmas Carol,Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Dante, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, King Arthur,King Lear, Don Quixote, Othello, Twelfth Night, Much ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers, Alice In Wonderland, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Jekyll & Hyde, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Tempest, As You Like It, and much more. . Synetic’s inaugural production, Hamlet … the rest is silence, received 3 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Director, Outstanding Resident Play and Outstanding Choreography. As an educator, Mr. Tsikurishvili has trained hundreds of actors in movement technique through Synetic Theater and has taught at leading universities such as American University, Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University. Before moving in USA he co-founded Mimodrama Theater in Germany and has toured worldwide. Paata holds an MFA in film directing from Tbilisi State University and a BFA in acting from The State Institute of Theater and Film in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Irina Tsikurishvili

Founding Choreographer and Associate Artistic Director

A native of the Republic of Georgia, Ms. Tsikurishvili is a 58-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee and has won the award 14 times for her outstanding choreography and acting. Irina has choreographed all Synetic Theater’s productions including The Crackpots, Dracula, Host and Guest and Frankenstein, Island of Doctor Moreau,Salomé, Bohemians, Jason and the Argonauts, The Dybbuk, Faust, Frankenstein, Macbeth, Animal Farm, The Fall of the House of Usher, A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Dante, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, King Arthur, King Lear, Don Quixote, Othello, Twelfth Night, Much ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers, Alice In Wonderland, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Jekyll & Hyde, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Tempest, As You Like It, and much more. Ms.Tsikurishvili has taught at Georgetown University, where she choreographed Lysistrata. She continues to run intensive movement workshops and train Synetic cast members. With her husband Paata, she is the co-founder of Synetic Theater and co-founder of Stanislavsky Theater Studio. Paata & Irina were named Washingtonians of the Year in 2013. Irina Graduated from Chabukiani National Ballet Academy in Tbilisi Georgia and holds BFA in Performing Arts

Ann Allan

Managing Director

Ann is excited to be stepping into her new role as Managing Director at Synetic Theater. She joined the Synetic Theater Team in 2013 after touring with Circus Smirkus and American Family Theater, several seasons as the Master Electrician at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and working with a number of theater companies and venues in Washington, DC and Nashville, TN over the past 13 years.  She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University.  Ann is originally from the Pittsburgh area, but has now made D.C. her home.

Artistic

Phil Charlwood

Resident Technical Director

Phil has been building sets and props for Synetic Theater and Synetic Family Theater over the last five years. He has designed the Helen Hayes Award-nominated sets for The Island of Dr. Moreau and King Lear and designed the sets for  RMT’s West Side Story and AMS’s The Producers.  Mr. Charlwood also works with local schools to develop their technical drama programs.

Irakli Kavsadze

Producing Director

Irakli is a Synetic founding actor who first took the stage at age seven at the Rustaveli Theater and who looks forward to revisiting the same stage in November when he leads Synetic Theater in its first tour to the Republic of Georgia. Favorite roles include the title role in King Lear (2012 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Actor Nomination, Outstanding Ensemble Award, and Outstanding Sound Design Award). He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor for Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His sound designs for Macbeth and King Lear received a Helen Hayes Award. Mr. Kavsadze oversees Synetic Family Theater, which won the inaugural Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Theatre for Young Audiences in 2010. Education: MFA, Georgian State Institute of Theater and Film.

Nathan Weinberger

Resident Dramaturg

Nathan is a founding company member of Synetic Theater, having started with the company in 2001. He has been resident dramaturg since 2005 and has adapted many of Synetic’s most successful productions, including DraculaFaustAnimal FarmThe Fall of the House of UsherJekyll & HydeThe Picture of Dorian Gray, The Island of Dr. Moreau (Helen Hayes Award nomination – Best Adaptation), as well as Macbeth, Romeo and JulietAntony and CleopatraOthelloThe TempestTwelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It for Synetic’s Wordless Shakespeare series.

Konstantine Lortkipanidze

Resident Composer

Konstantine is a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, and has composed original music for 14 Synetic Productions and has received 5 Helen Hayes nominations for his sound designs and received 1 award. He has also composed original music for films including First Steps and Essay (both directed by Paata Tsikurishvili) and Marage. His compositions for theater include work for Hunter from the Sun, Guest of the Night, Mimikria, Labyrinth and Decameron. His work has been performed at music festivals across Europe, including the Maqs Ophulos festival in Germany and the International Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam. Mr. Lortkipanidze received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Tbilisi State Conservatory.

Production

Marley Giggey

Resident Stage Manager/Rentals Coordinator

Marley is a Washington area native who has had the pleasure of working on several projects with Synetic including stage managing A Trip to the Moon,The Tempest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Regionally she has worked at New Harmony Theatre in Indiana, Firehouse Theatre Project and The Conciliation Project in Richmond, Virginia, and The Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Locally she has worked at Studio Theatre, 1st Stage, The Capital Fringe Festival, Signature Theatre, and The Kennedy Center.  She received her training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where she earned a BFA in Stage Management.

Administration

Tori Bertocci

Education and Outreach Manager

Tori Bertocci has worked professionally on stage and film for 7 years while also earning a BFA in theater performance (Magna Cum Laude) with a focus in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tori is Co-Founder and Co Artistic Director/ Choreographer for relEASE Theatre Company. relEASE’s latest work Straight on til MoUrning (Director/Choreographer) won the 2015 Capital Fringe Best Physical Theatre & Dance Performance and in 2014 SELF won the Capital Fringe Director’s Choice Award.

Tori has been a Company Member and Resident Teaching Artist with Synetic since 2011. Through her work and training with Young Audiences of Maryland, Tori has created residencies, workshops, and two professional development seminars for educators (“Moving Through Shakespeare” & “Physical Theater: Problem Solving Through Critical Analysis”). Tori trained with the Maryland Disability Law Center in 2015 to create equal opportunity for all students through Synetic’s Education and Outreach Program.

Jared Mercier

Box Office Manager

Jared has been working in the theatrical arts since 2003 and been a box office associate with Synetic Theater since 2012. As an actor he has been seen with The Kennedy Center, Maryland Shakespeare Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare, Taffety Punk, Bay Theater and has toured nationally with Chamber Theater Company. He has also directed and taught with the Maryland Shakespeare Company. Jared holds both a B.A. and a M.F.A from The George Washington University.

Alysa Turner

Marketing and Communications Manager

Alysa joined the Synetic Theater team in May of 2013 after moving to Washington from Chicago where she worked as a Publicist at Carol Fox and Associates and managed Public Relations for Blue Man Group, The Second City’s UP Comedy Club and Chicago Dramatists, among others. Prior to that, Alysa worked on Marketing and Public Relations at several Chicago area theater companies including Shattered Globe Theatre Company, UrbanTheater, the side project, Theo Ubique and Provision Theater. Alysa holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College and sits on the steering committee for Emerging Arts Leaders, D.C.

Monica Jilling

Development and Events Manager

Monica Jilling is a dedicated arts professional.  She moved to DC in 2005 to pursue a MA in Arts Management at American University. She has been privileged to work for a variety of performing arts organizations in fundraising, marketing, audience services, and special events. Ms. Jilling continues to maintain her musical roots and has just started her 5th year teaching piano at the JCC of Greater Washington.

Steve Langley

House Manager

Steve Langley has served as Synetic’s House Manager since April 2011.  The Washington native is also an actor-playwright and singer-songwriter. Steve is the founding member and business manager for Reverb, an a cappella vocal group.

Company

Eliza Smith

Eliza Smith comes to Synetic with a dance background as she has studied dance since the age of three. Dance credits include a variety of roles in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Coppelia, Snow White, and Giselle at Virginia Ballet Company. Synetic Theater credits include: Romeo and Juliet (U/S Juliet, Ensemble), Alice in Wonderland (Dodo Bird), Much Ado About Nothing (Ensemble), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Daughter), and Teen Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). TV: Investigation Discovery, Evil Kin (Jennifer). She thanks her family for supporting her love of dance and theatre!

Justin J. Bell

Justin J. Bell has been with Synetic since 2014 and joined the company in 2015.  In addition to acting, Justin is also a director and teaching artist that has worked with Synetic, Gala Hispanic Theater’s award winning youth program, Paso Nuevo, and Art 180 (based out of Richmond, VA).  Credits:  Synetic Theater:  Alice in Wonderland (March Hare/King of Hearts), A Tale of Two Cities (Jerry u/s), Hamlet…the rest is silence (Gravedigger), Much Ado About Nothing (Balthazar/Friar Francis), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Beast), As You Like It (Jaques u/s); Constellation Theater Co.:  Journey to the West (Monkey King u/s);  reLease Theater Co.:  straight on til moUrning (Pan); Heritage Ensemble Theater Co.:  Reflections of a Black Cowboy (Nat Love), One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Felix);  The Conciliation Project:  uncle tom: deconstructed, Genocide Trail.

Tori Bertocci

Tori Bertocci has been a Synetic Company Member and Resident Teaching Artist since 2011. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer for relEASE Theatre Company. relEASE’s latest work Straight on til MoUrning (Director/Choreographer) won the 2015 Capital Fringe Best Physical Theatre & Dance Performance and in 2014 SELF won the Capital Fringe Director’s Choice Award. Previous Synetic Credits include: Twelfth Night (Ensemble), The Man in the Iron Mask (Ensemble), Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit), A Midsummer Nights Dream 2015 (Francis Flute), Much Ado About Nothing (Conrad), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Feline Woman), Teen A Midsummer Nights Dream (Choreographer), A Midsummer Nights Dream 2013 (Titania), The Tempest (Sycorax), A Trip to the Moon (Astronomer), Home of the Soldier (Fixer), The Taming of the Shrew (Ensemble Swing), Macbeth (Lady Macduff Understudy). Other theater credits include: Constellation Theatre: Equus (Horse Ensemble), Fire and the Rain (Nittali Swing); Flying-V: Heroes and Monsters; Avalanche Theatre: Dream Love (Lia); DEVIATED THEATRE: Aspiro (Reaper), Creature (Ensemble). She has also created and performed two solo shows, this colorful imperfection and crystal clear. She would like to thank her family for their endless love and belief in her dream.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown is in his eight season with Synetic Theater. Previous shows include The Tempest (Ferdinand), King Lear, Tbilisi Georgia Tour (King of France), The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), The Master and Margarita (Koroviev), Host and Guest NYC Tour (Messenger), Antony and Cleopatra (Cassius), Dante (Headless/Demon), Carmen (Lieutenant, Helen Hayes Nomination, Ensemble) and The Fall of the House of Usher (House). He is a 2009, 2010, and 2011 Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Ensemble for his roles in Romeo and Juliet (Paris), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and Othello (Cassio). Scott received a B.A. in Theatre from Radford University.

Joseph Carlson

Joseph Carlson Synetic Theater: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lord Henry), Home of The Soldier (Sarge), Genesis Reboot (Demon), Lysistrata (Magistrate, Male Chorus), Macbeth (Banquo U/S); American Century Theatre: Voodoo Macbeth (Macbeth); Scena Theatre:  Salome (Iokanaan DC Theatre Scene Audience Choice Finalist for Best Play), Mein Kampf (Himmlisch/Leopold/Daybum); Virginia Repertory Theater: The Grapes of Wrath (Tom Joad), Is He Dead? (Chicago); Richmond Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet (Laertes), Henry IV and V (Wart, Pistol), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck); Perchance to Dream Theatre: Twelfth Night (Orsino); Firehouse Theater: Boy’s Life (Jack), This is Our Youth (Dennis); Henley St. Theater:  Bootleg Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Bootleg Troilus and Cressida (Achilles); The Conciliation Project: uncle tom: de-constructed (uncle tom/ensemble), Global SeXXXism: un-wrapped, The Bottom Line:   Road To Recovery, Spades:  A Book Without A Cover, P.I.C.: the Prison Industrial Complex (Director); Film/TV/Commercial: Turn, AMC Pilot (Principal/Continental #3), Lincoln (Joseph Marsden), Killing Lincoln (Henry Rathbone), Fatal Encounters (Kyle Hubert), Antihero (Weezie), Speak Now (Leo), Durex Spot (Lead), PS3 Spec (Lead), National Broadcast Campaign (Lead); Synetic Teen Company: The Jungle Book (Director). In addition to being a company member and teaching artist with Synetic Theater, Joe also serves as the Educational Programs Manager.

Chris Dinolfo

Chris Dinolfo Synetic Theater: King Lear (Cordelio), The Master and Margarita (Berlioz), Host and Guest (Ensemble); No Rules Theatre: LATE: A Cowboy Song (Crick); We Happy Few Productions: Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet/Peter/Apothecary); Arena Stage: The Normal Heart (David); Roundhouse Theatre: Next Fall (Luke); Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Clybourne Park (Kenneth); Folger Theatre: 1 Henry IV (Francis/Prince John); Solas Nua: Johnny Meister and The Stitch (Johnny Meister), Swampoodle (Chris); Keegan Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack), Mojo/Mickybo (Mojo), Death of a Salesman (Bernard); Maryland Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus).

Philip Fletcher

Philip Fletcher is a founding Company member of Synetic, having joined the Synetic family in 2002 for the inaugural run of Host and Guest. Throughout his ten- plus years with Synetic, Philip has been honored to appear in nearly 25 new productions and over 15 show remounts, most recently in The Island of Dr. Moreau (Creature). Along the way, Philip has received recognition for his work with Synetic including: Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble in 2008 for Hamlet…the rest is silence, 2009 for Romeo and Juliet, 2010 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011 for Othello, and 2012 for King Lear, and in 2008 he received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a Witch in Macbeth.

Zana Gankhuyag

Zana Gankhuyag Synetic Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snake/Moth/Swing/Puck U/S), Home of the Soldier (Kid), The Three Musketeers (Ensemble), A Trip to the Moon (Pres. Barbonfouillis), Teen Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); Mason Players: Six Characters in Search of an Author (Young Actor); Yorktown HS Theater: One Person Show (Sosuke), The Wizard of Oz (Toto), Mirrors (Young Chip), The True Love Story of My Parents (in-love Dad). Governor’s School: It’s Called Sugar Plum (Zuckerman). Training: Freshman at George Mason School of Theater, Yorktown High School, Governor’s School for Performing & Visual Arts, Synetic.

Kathy Gordon

Kathy Gordon is a 5 year Company Member and is thrilled to have found a home at Synetic Theater. Originally from near Oxford England Kathy has travelled the world Performing, Teaching and Choreographing in almost every Dance style both on stage and on screen, Kathy now lives in DC with her Actor Husband and Beagle puppy. Synetic Theater: Alice in Wonderland (Alice) Romeo & Juliet (Nurse) Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret) The Island of Dr Moreau (Ensemble. HH Award Nom Outstanding Ensemble) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, DC/International Tour (Peaseblossom, U/S Hermia) Hamlet…the rest is silence (Ophelia U/S) Twelfth Night (Olivia. HH Award Outstanding Ensemble) The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Lady Carlisle/Prostitute) The Three Musketeers (Ensemble) Othello (Emilia, U/S Performed) A Trip To The Moon (U/S) The Music Box (Girl) The Magical Balloon (Doll) Synetic Teen Company Production: Hamlet…the rest is silence (Choreographer) DC: Dark Night Showcase (Choreographer/Producer) URBAN ARIAS: Photo Op; CONTRADICTION DANCE CO.: The Gift, Objects Of Hope; MICH-MASH PRODUCTIONS: Open Rehearsal,YC2; Forum Theater: FORUM (RE)ACTS; United States Air Force Band: Spirit Of The Season; Regional/Tours – Temple Theater: A Christmas Carol; Palace Theater: Le Grande Cirque, The Dean Martin Variety ShowThe Magical Spirit Of Ireland; Spirit Of The Dance Productions: Broadway’s Christmas Spectacular US Tour; International/Tours – London Palladium: Life On Earth; Disneyland Paris: Noel De Mickey Christmas Show; Broadway’s Christmas Spectacular UK & US Tour; Pheonix Reisen World Cruises; Kathy is the Founder/Choreographer of K.G.Dance and has shown her original Choreography in DC, NYC, London and Oxford England. Thank you Paata and Irina for their continued inspiration and support.

Pasquale Guiducci

Pasquale Guiducci has a dual degree from American University in Musical Theatre and Secondary Education. He has been a company member of Synetic Theater since 2011. Synetic Theater: Much Ado About Nothing (Boracchio), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Sayer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream International Tour (Fairy), Home of the Soldier (Native Son), A Trip to the Moon (Ensemble), The Tempest (Sebastian/Ensemble); Capital Fringe Festival: straight on til moUrning (2015 Best Physical Theatre/Dance Show), SELF (2014 Best Fringe Show), One Night in New York (2013 Best Fringe Show); The Washington National Opera: Moby Dick. He is a co-founder of relEASE Physical Theater Company with fellow company member Tori Bertocci. When not performing, Pasquale is also a fitness instructor, focusing on yogasana in the ashtanga style and is in the process of creating a “yogance” class, combining yoga and dance. He plans to one day move to New York City.

Rebecca Hausman

Rebecca Hausman is a proud company member of Synetic Theater credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Hero, U/S Performed) The Island of Dr. Moreau (Daughter, U/S) Twelfth Night (Ensemble), The Three Musketeers (Ensemble, Milady de Winter, U/S Performed), Jekyll and Hyde (The Stripper); NextStop Theater: Crimes of the Heart (Babe); Rorschach Theater:She Kills Monsters (Tilly); Flying V Theater: Flying V Fights: Love is a Battlefield(Ensemble) Training: Studied acting and dance at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, performing in various productions including Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Women and Wallace (Lili), and performing movement roles in The Little Prince (The Rose) and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Mudra’s Shadow). Rebecca has also worked on various independent film and industrial/commercial productions in the surrounding area.   

Irina Kavsadze

Irina Kavsadze Synetic Theater: Twelfth Night (Maria), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013 (Hermia), The Tempest (Miranda), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Romeo and Juliet (U/S Performed), Othello (Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed; Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble); A Christmas Carol (Spirit of Christmas Future); Macbeth (Macduff’s Daughter); Host and Guest (Joqola’s and Agaza’s Daughter). Synetic Family Theater: The Nutcracker (Marie); The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish (Golden Fish; Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences); Synetic Theater Georgian Tour 2012: Host and Guest (Ensemble); King Lear (Spirit of Death).

Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly

Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly has been in love with Synetic since seeing Hamlet…the rest is silence, and it is a dream come true for her to be a part of this company. Kathryn grew up in Alexandria, VA, and trained with the Fairfax Ballet and the Alexandria Ballet.  She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked with theatres and dance companies across the country. In addition to her work with Synetic, she is part of Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Resident Acting Company and performs with Deviated Theatre (Voted Washington City Paper‘s Best Dance Company 2012).  Synetic Theater: The Three Musketeers (Ensemble), King Arthur, Twelfth Night (U/S), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (U/S), The Tempest (U/S); Synetic Family Theater: The Nutcracker, GalactikaThe Snow QueenAesop’s Fables; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Pride & Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BWW Baltimore Winner: Best Ensemble), The Comedy of ErrorsThe TempestA Doll’s House; Everyman Theatre: The Cherry Orchard; Deviated Theatre: siGHt, Sway, Lore, Token, Aspiro; Old Lore Theatre: Annabel Lee (Capital Fringe Festival Winner, Best Dance).

Irina Koval

Irina Koval is a founding Company member of Synetic Theater. Synetic Theater: King Lear (Goneril, Helen Hayes nomination, Lead Actress), King Arthur (Morgan le Fay), Othello (Emilia, Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble),  Dracula (Wife), The Fall of the House of Usher  (Madeline), Host and Guest (Ensemble), Hamlet (Player Queen, Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble),  Salome (1st Soldier/Angel), Jason and the Argonauts, Faust; Scena Theater: Salome (Salome), Purge (Aliide), Ivona, Princess of Burgundia (Isobel); Stanislavsky Theater Studio: Dead Souls, The Seagull (Masha, Helen Hayes nomination, Supporting Actress); Catalyst Theater: 1984 (Julia). Irina received her training at the LinFilm Movie Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Renata Loman

Renata Loman Renata joined Synetic in 2004.  Synetic Theater: DraculaThe Fall of the House of UsherLysistrataKing Lear. She grew up in Lithuania, studied at the State Conservatory, worked in theater and television (lead role in TV movie Valentina), and as an English-Lithuanian interpreter until 1996, when the hand of fate (in the form of a U.S. Navy aquanaut) brought her here. She works at the Red Cross, travels the world, loves Argentinean tango, ancient folklore and all things unusual.  She acts in film (You am I, Cannes Film Festival) and once tried her hand at casting (Narcissus, in post-production).

Alex Mills

Alex Mills Synetic Theater: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Parker), Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (Montmorency), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Hamlet…the rest is silence 2013 (Hamlet), A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2014 (Puck), Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde) , The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Macbeth, Don Quixote, The Master and Margarita (Azazello), King Arthur (Merlin), Othello (Iago; 2011 Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble), Antony and Cleopatra , Dracula 2009 (Harker), A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2009 (Puck), Dante, Host and Guest. The Studio Theatre: Torch Song Trilogy, 2 2 TangoBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Signature Theatre: Shakespeare’s R & J.

Jodi Niehoff

Jodi Niehoff joined Synetic shortly after the company was formed. Intrigued and inspired by the company’s work while a graduate student at Catholic University, she faithfully attended rehearsals for Synetic’s first iteration of The Master and Margarita to train and learn the company’s unique aesthetic discipline. After receiving her MFA in Acting, Jodi was invited to join the cast of Host and Guest at the New York International Fringe Festival. Subsequent credits with the company include: Bohemians (Eve), Jason and the Argonauts (Creusa), Dracula (Lucy), King Arthur (Morgan le Fey) and Home of the Soldier (Native Mother). Jodi has worked with other theater companies in the area and is featured in industrial and corporate films, as well as regional commercials and web promos. In addition to her thespian pursuits, Jodi is part of senior leadership for a U.S. Senator. In her personal life, Jodi is wife to Brian Ahlberg and a mom to Anders and Lukas. Her latest endeavor is serving as a liaison for her sons’ school classes, helping to facilitate communication and orchestrate events.

Peter Pereyra

Peter Pereyra was last seen as Rochefort in Synetic’s acclaimed production of The Three Musketeers. Synetic Theater: Jekyll and Hyde (Lanyon), Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), King Lear (2012 Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Crystal City Revival/Massachusetts Tour), King Arthur, Othello (2011 Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble), Host and Guest (NYC Tour), Antony and Cleopatra; The Studio 2ndStage: Fucking A; GALA Hispanic Theatre: Living Out (Apr-May 2014), Lucid; Teatro de la Luna: I Want Them Both, Frida Kahlo The Passion, Love in the Open Air (première); Washington Shakespeare Company: The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Waiting for Godot, The Night of the Iguana; MadCap Players: A Midnight Clear. Peter was one of the founding members of the Fingers & Thumbs Theatre Group in his native Paraguay, playing leading roles in both Spanish and English. He holds a Performing Arts Diploma from Trinity College, International Division and has also been featured in a number of videos/films, TV commercials and voice-overs.

Hector Reynoso

Hector Reynoso Synetic Theater: The Three Musketeers (Porthos), The Taming of the Shrew Georgia Tour (Baptista), King Lear (Gloucester, 2012 Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble), Othello (Brabantio), King Arthur (Percival). Gallaudet University: Urinetown (Old-Man Strong), Agamemnon (Agamemnon), Goya: En la Quinta de Sordo (Quinta Del Sordo Owner/Monk/Matador/Vulture, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival nomination, Best Actor), Sign Me Alice (Chairman). Hector would like to thank his wife and children for their support.

Randy Snight

Randy Snight Synetic Mainstage: Twelfth Night (Ensemble) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Portrait U/S),The Taming of the Shrew (Widow U/S); Synetic Family Theater: The Rough-Faced Girl (Elements), The Magic Paintbrush (Wind); Shakespeare Theater Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ensemble U/S); Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest (Ariel); Urban Arias: Photo-Op (Ensemble); Force/Collision: The Nautical Yards (Aerialist); Toby’s Dinner Theater: Hairspray (IQ, Helen Hayes nomination); National Theater for Children: Conserving Up Comedy. Randy also works as a choreographer and teaching artist with Synetic, Adventure Theater, Bowen-McCauley Dance, and Metropolitan School of the Arts.

Dallas Tolentino

Dallas Tolentino has been a company member with Synetic Theater since 2010. Tolentino holds a BFA in performance, graduating summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tolentino has performed in such places as DC, Chicago, Mexico, and Tbilisi, and he has also been a teaching artist with Synetic, Lookingglass Theater, and The Neo-Futurists. Credits include: Synetic Theater: Alice in Wonderland (The Mad Hatter), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon/ Snug), Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Montgomery), Twelfth Night (Andrew Aguecheek), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dorian), The Three Musketeers (D’Artagnan), Home of the Soldier Georgia Tour (Strikes), Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), Othello, Macbeth, Don Quixote, King Lear (2012 Helen Hayes Nomination, Ensemble), King Arthur; Synetic Family Theater: The Nutcracker (The Prince); Constellation Theater: The Fire and The Rain (Arvasu), Journey to the West (Monkey King); Discovery Theater: Seasons of Light; Night Light Collective: Alice in Wonderland (Hatter); Firehouse Theater Project: Dallas in Wonderland (Solo Performance); Shafer Alliance Theater: All That I Will Ever Be (Omar), The Big Knife (Smiley Coy); The Conciliation Project: Uncle Tom: Deconstructed.

Janine Baumgardner

Janine Baumgardner loves moving, being outside, and eating great food. She began working with Synetic Theater in 2013 and is honored to be a member of this fiery company/family that supports her growth, transformation, and general enjoyment of life. She earned a BFA in Dance from George Mason University, studying modern and classical dance as well as African, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, and improvisation in the U.S. and abroad. Synetic Theater: Ensemble in Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Alice in Wonderland, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet…the rest is silence (2014), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014 and 2015)and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Dance: Buglisi Dance Theatre, Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Meredith Barnes’ DanceArtTheater, Kathy Gordon’s K.G. Dance, Karen Reedy, Anthony Rosado, Jane Franklin Dance, Afromoda Dance Theater. Janine is a bilingual preschool teacher and a dance and fitness instructor.

Robert Bowen Smith

Robert Bowen Smith began working with Synetic the summer of 2012 and has been a Company Member since 2014. Smith holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College and a BA in theatre from Southern Virginia University. Previous Synetic credits include: The Three Musketeers (King Louis XIII), Picture of Dorian Gray (Basil Hallward), Island of Dr. Moreau (Beast), and Three Men in a Boat (Montmorency U/S). Acting and directing credits with other theaters include: Flying V Theater: Fights V Fights: Heroes and Monsters (Rob), Flying V Fights: Love is a Battlefield (Rob), Imagination Stage: Peter Pan (Director), Urinetown (Director), Guys and Dolls (Choreographer), and Legally Blonde (Director), American Shakespeare Center: Love’s Labors Lost (Moth).

Ben Cunis

Ben Cunis has choreographed fights for Synetic Theater since 2007– shows include King Lear (for which he received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography), King Arthur (also Co-Adaptor/Asst. Director), Othello (also Asst. Director), Antony and Cleopatra, Dracula (HH Nomination—Choreography), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also Co-Adaptor), Dante (also Co-Adaptor), Host and Guest, Carmen (also Co-Adaptor), Romeo and Juliet, and Animal Farm. He also wrote, directed, and performed in Synetic Blackout Series’ Last Tango with Rosie. His production company, Granite Kiss Productions, won the 2008 Washington, DC 24-hour Film Festival with their film The Choices of Ghosts and released their web series based on the same film, Hamilton Carver: Zombie, P.I, which has been an official selection at the Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles and the Festival Cinema Tous Ecrans in Switzerland.

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