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.
Chris is excited to be joining the Synetic Theater Family! Chris is an actor, director, playwright, theatre-maker, and educator with a decade of experience in arts education. Chris has had the privilege to work with some incredible theaters in Atlanta, Nashville, and Orlando, including the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Arís Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Restival, and the Orlando Repertory Theatre. As an actor and director, he’s worked on over half of Shakespeare’s canon (only 16 left!). He was a founding member of The Seedling Project, an experimental theater collective that was driven by Theatre for community, Theatre for research, and Theatre for growth. It was pretty groovy. Most recently, Chris served as an Arts Integration Specialist with a predominantly special needs student population at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. While at UCP he strengthened the school’s ties to the artistic community, started new theater programs, and won Teacher of the Year in 2018. He, his wife Mandi, and his dachshund mix Penny now live in Northern Virginia. When he is not creating art and plumbing the depth of the human soul, Chris likes to play board games, walk his puppy, and write sketch comedy.
Ashton Schaffer is a Washington DC area based performer and holds a B.M in Musical Theatre from the Catholic University of America. Theatre companies he has worked for include: Monumental Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, DAR Constitution Hall and Synetic Theatre. Ashton has been teaching at the Synetic Summer Camp for over eight years and is extremely passionate about arts education.
Mandi came to Synetic as a Development Assistant and is excited to now serve as Development Manager & Management Associate! Her background is as a performer and academic with an emphasis on Shakespeare. She received her MFA in Theater from the University of Central Florida, where she wrote her graduate thesis “Gender Performance in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”. While attending UCF, Mandi worked as a performer and administrator at Orlando Shakes, and she previously served as Education Director at Forefront Arts in her hometown of Atlanta. She and her husband, Chris, are proud parents to their rescue pup, Penny.
Scott came to Synetic after graduating from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre (Acting and Directing) and a dance minor. You may recognize him as an actor with Synetic as he has been a proud Synetic company member since 2007. While not on stage, Scott started his professional career in Human Resources for Fortune 500 companies where he eventually joined a casting office, casting for commercials, industrials and large budget films. In 2012, he started his own software consulting company, where he currently works, specializing in Customer Relationship Management software from Microsoft. Scott is a lover of the arts, politics, tech, film and people. He is thrilled to be bringing his passions to Synetic as Tour Director. Having toured with Synetic many times to places such as New York, Massachusetts, Tbilisi, Georgia and Chihuahua, Mexico, he has witnessed first-hand the amazing impact our shows have had on audiences across the US and around the world!
With over six years of deep experience in both administrative and entertainment fields, Shaquille comes to Synetic having had the opportunity to serve as office manager and ticketing analyst for the international touring company, Troika Entertainment, helping to interpret and extrapolate data for the constantly growing theater. In addition to years working in marketing, selling a myriad of different products on eBay as well as Amazon for third party sellers, Shaquille has worked as a photographer, lister, and pricing analyst in e-commerce. Most recently, he served as the chief pricing analyst of Amazon sales for BuySpry, a multi–million dollar company that specializes in the resale of a wide range of tech products. Though seasoned in several fields, Shaquille is also a trained actor with 7 years of onstage work in professional non-equity productions. Trained in Shakespeare, Laban, Lecoq, and Alexander, he has had the honor and privilege to work with several companies throughout the D.C area including Olney Theatre Company, 4615 Theatre Company (company member), The Wheel, Theatre Prometheus, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and Ally Theatre company. He travelled the country as a teaching artist with the renowned National Players during Tour 69 as Othello and other roles. Driven, creative, and dedicated, his core belief is that art heals and in today’s world, theater is necessary.
Megan has worked in design and advertising on both the East and West coasts since graduating from Hamilton College with a degree in Fine Art. She spent a year as an artist/printer at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in New York City and then got her first real job at a 3D graphics software company in San Francisco. Megan returned again to New York and co-founded a design firm whose clients included Pfizer, Barnes & Noble and the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She have been back in California for the last 15+ years working as a freelancer out of her home office in the Santa Cruz Mountains while raising her two boys.
Originally from South Carolina, J.P. is a founding member of Boots on the Ground Theater and a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. In addition to his studies at CCU, he has worked and trained at the Guthrie Theater, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the SITI Company with director Anne Bogart. He currently serves as the Allen Lee Hughes Leadership and Business Fellow at Arena Stage. Recent directing credits include “Fire Mountain” (Los Angeles Central Public Library); Grounded (Piccolo Spoleto Festival Selection, BOTG); Assassins (Asst. Director, Theater Latté Da); Hamlet (Asst. Director, Park Square Theatre); Three Sisters, Marisol (CCU); “Catatonic” (Atlantic Stage’s New Voices PlayFest); and The Giving Tree (Fine Arts Center). Acting credits include A Year With Frog & Toad (SC Children’s Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost and Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Big Love, Pride & Prejudice, “A Rehearsal for Celebrations” and Picnic (CCU); Assassins and The Who’s Tommy (College of Charleston); Lincoln’s Last Day (Smithsonian Channel) and “Identity” (The CW). He is an alumnus of the Directors Lab at the Pasadena Playhouse, an Actor’s Equity Membership Candidate, and a recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship at CCU.
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.
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.
A Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida, Raymond is a graduate of Barry University and Marymount University, holds a MBA and a MHRM. Raymond also has an educational background in the arts through continued certifications and courses, including “The Cycle: Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations” through The University of Maryland, and “Theatre and Globalization” through Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). Raymond is thrilled to be taking on the mantle of Production Manager with Synetic Theater having previously been the Production Manager for The Tempest (2019). He holds the position of Production Manager with the Washington Improv Theater, having been the production manager and designer for numerous shows and festivals since 2016. Previously an Intern with Ford’s Theater, and a Fellow at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Maryam Najafzada is a classically trained dancer originally from Baku, Azerbaijan.She has numerous dance credits with the Azerbaijan Opera and Ballet Theater, Azerbaijan Musical Theater, and Manassas Ballet Theatre including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Thumbelina, La Bayadere, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Seven Beauties among others. She was recently on Synetic’s stage as the Horse Spirit in production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as Roxanne in Cyrano De Bergerac and as the Lady Ann in Richard III. Maryam has served as an Understudy for Synetic’s productions of Sleeping Beauty, Adventures of Peter Pan, Titus Andronicus ,Wizard of Oz (Performed) as well as performing with Synetic’s Outreach program. Locally Maryam teaches ballet, character dance, and pantomime as well as choreographing dance pieces. Graduated from Baku Choreography Academy.
Scott S. Turner has been a proud company member of Synetic since 2016. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theatrical Performance from Frostburg State University. Recent credits in the company include The Legend of Sleep Hollow (Headless Horseman), Titus Andronicus (Alarbus/Ensemble), The Taming of the Shrew (Triano), and Sleeping Beauty (Ensemble). When not performing, Scott is the Access Coordinator of Imagination Stage. He works to help exceptional learners create and experience Theatre in the classroom and on- stage. In addition, Scott is an avid triathlete having completed six half-Ironman distance races to date.
Thomas Beheler is a proud Company Member of Synetic Theater. He has been performing with them since 2015 and has just recently become one of their resident Teaching Artists. Performing credits include: Synetic: Alice in Wonderland (Tweedledum), As You Like It (Ensemble U/S), Man in the Iron
Mask (Colbert U/S), Sleeping Beauty (Ensemble), The Taming of the Shrew (Ensemble U/S), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gringoire U/S), The Adventures of Peter Pan (John), The Trial (Franz), Titus Andronicus (Alarbus U/S), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Tinman U/S), Sleepy Hollow (Van Tassel), Richard III (Clarence), and Treasure Island (Male Swing). Other Theater: We Got It (Mike) BBP Productions, Murder in the Cathedral(First Priest) Compass Rose Theater, Improv Actually (Ensemble) Washington Improv Theater, Free Range Improv (Company Member). Education/Awards: Improvisation/Comedy Writing (Second City, Chicago) Rammy recipient (2015-17), B.A. Theater, CAPA Scholarship recipient (University of Maryland).
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.
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.
Anne Flowers began taking technique classes at Synetic in 2015 and then joined the company as a member in 2018. She has a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in Theatre and Biology and completed the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT, which is where she found her love for physical theater. Since 2015, Anne has proudly been involved with ten shows at Synetic. Credits include: Dante’s Inferno (Ensemble), Sleeping Beauty (Queen U/S), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ensemble), The Adventures of Peter Pan (Wendy U/S), Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, Dorothy U/S), Sleepy Hollow (Ensemble), Cyrano de Bergerac (Ensemble), Richard III (Assistant Director, Clarence U/S performed), Treasure Island (Jane Hawkins), and The Tempest (Sycorax/Ensemble). Other DC credits; Adventure Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit (Rabbit and Ensemble U/S, Rabbit performed), Pointless Theatre: Rite of Spring (Elder) and TBD Immersive: Cabaret Rising (Ghost). Anne is also a Teaching Artist with Synetic Theater and The Keegan Theatre. She loves being active and spending as much time outside as possible, feeding her Montana-born soul.
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.
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).
Scott Brown is in his thirteenth 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.S. 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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.