On Sunday, October 11, Synetic Theater will host a one-of-a-kind panel for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival of Washington, D.C.

Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili will be joined by female physical theater leaders from around the Northeast for a discussion with Rebecca Ritzel about the role of women in physical theater particularly as creators and choreographers of physical vocabulary.

This panel will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Synetic Theater – 1800 S. Bell St. in Crystal City. The panel will follow that afternoon’s 2:00 p.m. matinee of Alice in Wonderland. The panel is free and open to the public. To attend that day’s performance of Alice in Wonderland, click here to purchase tickets.


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This panel will be moderated by Rebecca J. Ritzel.


Rebecca J. Ritzel is a freelance arts journalist whose theater column, Backstage, appears in The Washington Post each Wednesday. She also serves as a dance critic for the Post and as a theater critic for City Paper. Given her interest in both art forms, plus an academic background in musicology, she’s an enthusiastic supporter of physical theater in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Other news outlets that have published her cultural reporting this year include Slate and The New York Times. Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts at the University of Maryland and earned her master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University.