Mission & History

SYNthesis: Combining distinct elements to form a whole
KinETIC: Pertaining to or imparting motion: active, dynamic, energetic
SYNETIC: A dynamic synthesis of the arts



Synetic redefines theater by blending innovative techniques and movement, investing in artists’ growth, and creating unforgettable visceral experiences for every audience.



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Synetic Theater emerged from the creative vision of founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Georgian artists who moved to the United States in the 1990s. Trained in dance, theatre and film, the Tsikurishvilis combine traditions of the Caucasus with distinctly American styles to tell classic stories through movement, music, technology and visual arts.

Click here to read a more in-depth account of Paata and Irina’s journey!

Synetic Theater was founded in 2001 and made its artistic debut with the first wordless Shakespeare production, Hamlet…the rest is silence, thrilling audiences with its athletic and high-voltage physical theatre. Synetic’s innovative take on Hamlet earned three Helen Hayes Awards – for Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Director. Synetic would go on to win dozens more Helen Hayes Awards with over 100 nominations to date, recognition from the American Theatre Wing as an emerging theatre company to watch, and the honor of “Washingtonians of the Year” from Washingtonian Magazine for co-founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili.

Synetic produces four to five mainstage productions and two to three family series productions per season, while also running an educational studio for children and adults, conducting community outreach programs, and touring family and mainstage productions and reaching over 36,000 patrons annually.

The programs are supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs group of Arlington Economic Development (www.arlingtonarts.org), the Arlington Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Crystal City Business Improvement District.