Jason Najjoum comes to Synetic with a decade of experience in the arts and culture space. Most recently, he served as Managing Editor for the Yale Theater Management Knowledge Base, where he oversaw its strategic planning process and designed the first integrated people development system for an arts organization. Previously, he served as Company Manager for Yale Repertory Theatre, Public Service Fellow for New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, and Management Fellow for Baltimore Center Stage. Prior to joining New Haven’s nonprofit arts community, Jason served as Producing Director for New York Theatre Barn in New York City, where he developed the work of over 50 musical theater writers through NYTB’s signature new work development and community building program. Jason has served numerous other theater and arts organizations across the country, including Prospect Theater Company, The Cell, and New York Music Theater Festival as a producer, general manager, and casting director, and began his career as a performer with The Flea.
Jason’s arts experience is augmented by several transformative experiences in the private sector. Most recently, he was a Senior Associate at McChrystal Group, a global advisory services and leadership development firm, advising a global energy company on internal communications, culture change, and decision-making. Prior to that, he was a Senior Management Associate for Bridgewater Associates, where he was trained in their principles-based management system.
Jason earned a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama, a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Emory University, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute. Jason co-founded the Analyzing and Mobilizing Privilege group at Yale School of Drama and previously served on the board of directors of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services nonprofit in New Haven, CT. He is trained as an intercultural group facilitator and is an active member of Resource Generation, a multiracial membership community of young people with wealth or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Jason is a native of Northern Virginia, and currently resides in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC.
A native of the Republic of Georgia, Paata 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 an impressive 25 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and has won the awards 9-times. Together with his wife and co-founder Irina, he was named “Washingtonian of the Year” in 2013. Mr. Tsikurishvili has directed and performed in Hamlet … the rest is silence, The Master and Margarita, The Crackpots, Dracula, Host and Guest, Frankenstein, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. He has directed over 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, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, The Three Musketeers, Alice in Wonderland, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Jekyll & Hyde, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, As You Like It, and The Man in the Iron Mask. 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 to the 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.
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.
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 is a Synetic founding actor who first took the stage at age seven at the Rustaveli Theater. 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 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 Dracula, Faust, Animal Farm, The Fall of the House of Usher, Jekyll & Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Trial, Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III for Synetic’s wordless Shakespeare series. His adaptations of The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Sleepy Hollow each received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation.
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, 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.
Phill is originally from the South Shore of Massachusetts, and has made the Washington area his home since 2010. He has worked at several theaters around town, most recently as the assistant wardrobe supervisor for Signature theatre. Regionally he has worked for theatre and opera companies in Vermont, Florida, New Mexico, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Missouri. Phill has worked with Synetic since 2011 in a multitude of roles, and is excited to be serving as the Production Manager. Special thanks goes out to his family, his wife, Marley, and his perfect son PJ.
Marley is a Washington area native who has had the pleasure of serving as Synetic’s Resident Stage Manager for five seasons having worked on over twenty shows including tours to Connecticut and Mexico. Favorite shows stage managed at Synetic include The Tempest, A Trip to the Moon, Twelfth Night, Beauty and the Beast, Much Ado About Nothing, Alice in Wonderland, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Adventures of Peter Pan. 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.
Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. During her 25 year career she has devoted her time equally between performance, production and educational theatre residencies. In 2000, she began her work with Classika Theater, a past Synetic Theater partner organization. This relationship led Ms. Velasco to serve as a director of Synetic Theater’s family productions, a company member, camp director and youth theater playwright. In addition to her work with Synetic Theater, Ms. Velasco is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Convergence Theatre, a multidisciplinary performance collective that creates work centered on social justice. She is also the co-creator and resident artist for Óyeme, a theatre arts haven for unaccompanied minors, and immigration advocacy professional performance company. Directing and choreography credits include Convergence Theatre, Synetic Family Theater, Mead Theatre Lab, Source Theatre, Imagination Stage, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Capital Fringe, Discovery Theater and Catholic University. She has also choreographed for Avant Bard, Theatre J and Keegan Theatre. Ms. Velasco is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, Signature Theatre STAGES, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows. She received her MFA in Directing and Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Magna Cum Laude) from Catholic University of America. Ms. Velasco currently serves on the theatre faculty at Bowie State University and as the Co-Director of Multiculturalism and Diversity for the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Awards and Grants: Anacostia Arts Center/ARCH Development; SETC Professional Development; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (with Imagination Stage).
Michael Bertone is a freelance theatre actor, director, and writer, as well as a former public school English and theatre arts teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he focused on theatre performance as well as a directed course of study in costume and makeup technology. Michael has been working in educational and regional theatre for the better part of 10 years, performing throughout Virginia and parts of North Carolina for such venues as Riverside Center Dinner Theater (Fredericksburg), Capital Fringe Festival, Wolf Pack Theatre Company, and The Lost Colony outdoor symphonic drama. Michael has also worked on the wardrobe crew for Altria Theater, where he worked as a dresser and stitcher for War Horse and Disney’s The Lion King Broadway National Tours. Michael began his foray into directing in Richmond. Credits include Click (Shel Silverstein), Goldilocks on Trial (Ed Monk), Box (Lindsay Price), Beauty and the Beast (Linda Woolverton, Disney), and selections from Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe), Hamlet (William Shakespeare), Tape (Stephen Belber), and Some Girls (Neil LaBute). Michael brings several years of experience in management and education, as well as passion and enthusiasm for arts fundraising
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 Night’s Dream 2015 (Francis Flute), Much Ado about Nothing (Conrad), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Feline Woman), Teen A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Choreographer), A Midsummer Night’s 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.
Elena Velasco is a proud Synetic company member and educator whose focus with organization has been on providing performances for audiences of all ages. Synetic director/adapter/choreographer credits: The Armadillo’s Song, Las Aventuras de Tio Conejo, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Helen Hayes recommended productions Magic Paintbrush, Rough-Faced Girl, and Hansel and Gretel (co-adapter/director/choreographer with fellow company member Tori Bertocci). DC area director/choreographer highlights: This is All Just Temporary, Witch, Guerrilla Theatre Works and Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence Theatre); Fracture (SAPAN); Óyeme, the Beautiful (Imagination Stage); Coriolanas (Capital Fringe); Bid to Save the World (Source Theatre); and La Perdida (Catholic University). In addition to her work as a director and choreographer, Ms. Velasco writes original children’s musicals for Synetic Theater’s camp programs. Ms. Velasco is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Convergence Theatre, a multidisciplinary performance collective that creates work centered on social justice.
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 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).
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: 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 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 Synetic Theater: The Adventures of Peter Pan (Shadow), The Mark of Cain (Ensemble), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus/Gargoyle), The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio), Sleeping Beauty (Prince), Twelfth Night (Feste), The Man in The Iron Mask (Fouquet), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), As You Like It (Silvius, U/S performed), Alice in Wonderland (Dormouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Verges), Home of the Soldier (Kid), Beauty and The Beast (Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snake, U/S Puck), Hamlet (Guildenstern), The Three Musketeers (Ensemble), Trip to the Moon (Pres. Barbonfouillis). Mason Players: Six Character’s in Search of an Author (Young Actor). Training: George Mason School of Theater.
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 Show, The 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 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 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 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 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, Galactika, The Snow Queen, Aesop’s Fables; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Pride & Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BWW Baltimore Winner: Best Ensemble), The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, A 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 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 joined Synetic in 2004. Synetic Theater: Dracula, The Fall of the House of Usher, Lysistrata, King 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 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 Tango, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Signature Theatre: Shakespeare’s R & J.
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 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 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 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 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: Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter), The Fire and The Rain (Arvasu), Journey to the West (Monkey King); Imagination Stage: The Smartest Girl in the World; Adventure Theater: Frosty the Snowman (Frosty); 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 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 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 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.