Synetic to move to Arena’s Crystal City theatre

Next season, Synetic Theater, Washington’s unique movement-theater company, will move to the Crystal City space now being used by Arena Stage. Vornado/Charles E. Smith president Mitchell N. Schear made the announcement at last night’s Helen Hayes Awards.

Paata Tsikurishvili, Artistic Director of Synetic Theater

Synetic has for years produced out of the Rosslyn Spectrum, a lecture hall converted to theater space for their purposes. It was in that venue (and in the Kennedy Center and, more recently, Lansburgh theater) that Synetic won both a committed following and multiple Helen Hayes awards, particularly for its silent versions of great Shakespeare plays.

The Crystal City space had served as Arena Stage’s principle venue since January, 2008 while its 1101 Sixth Street location received its $125-million facelift. With the new Mead Center ready to open in October, 2010, the Crystal City location became available, and Synetic danced in.

Schear made the announcement in his capacity of honorary producer of the Helen Hayes Awards, which his company sponsored.

Lorraine Treanor About Lorraine Treanor

Lorraine Treanor has been editor of DC Theatre Scene since 2006. She has produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and twice in the Capital Fringe festival. Her daughter Nina Norris is an artist working in Chicago. Life's a blast because she shares it with writer Tim Treanor.


  1. That both companies will continue to reside in Arlington is great news.     

  2. yup, washington shakespeare company is moving into the theatre space in rosslyn:

    support local arts!

  3. Laura Lewis says:

    Too bad! A recent resident of Rosslyn, I was looking forward to their being so near. Anything interesting coming to the Spectrum in Rosslyn?? (or do I need to move again?!)



Anti-Spam Quiz:

Reprint Policy Our articles may not be reprinted in full but only as excerpts and those portions may only be used if a credit and link is provided to our website.
DC Theatre Scene is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.