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.  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 2003 Helen Hayes Awards, for Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Director.

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, reaching over 36,000 patrons annually. To date, Synetic’s productions have earned 116 Helen Hayes nominations, winning 27 Helen Hayes Awards, garnering praise for both its Wordless Shakespeare repertoire (Hamlet…the rest is silence, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night) and its dialogue- and movement-based pieces, such as Host and Guest, Frankenstein, Carmen and The Master and Margarita.

In 2006, Synetic began a five-year partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to produce one show per season for The Kennedy Center and in 2009, allied itself with The Shakespeare Theatre Company to produce its new adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra at STC’s Lansburgh Theatre, solidifying its position as a Washington fixture. In 2010, Synetic secured a dedicated venue in Crystal City, VA, through a partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith and the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili had the great honor to be named 2014’s Washingtonians of the Year. Also in 2014, Backstage.com named Synetic Theater one of the 13 Innovative Physical Theater Companies in the world.

The 2017/18 Season: ‘The Reawakening,’ will present five world premiers which fuse the contemporary and the classical – a season of new artistic vision and fresh inspiration. 2017/18 Mainstage Season Shows Include: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial, Titus Andronicus, and the premier of the Synetic New Voice Series: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Synetic’s 2017/18 Season will also bring back it’s beloved Family Theater, presenting Hansel & Gretel.

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.