AMERICAN THEATRE | Synetic Theater Announces $60,000 in Freelance Artist Relief Grants



Rehearsal for “The Island of Dr. Moreau” at Synetic Theater. (Photo by Dennis Deloria)

ARLINGTON, Va.: Synetic Theater has announced multiple projects and professional development opportunities to benefit freelance arts workers. The five projects will provide relief to 32 artists, totaling $60,000.

“I have been thinking a lot about the word ‘opportunity.’ In Georgia, we call it საშუალება, sashualeba, possibility,” said founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili in a statement. “We’ve been spending the past few months looking for ways to support and challenge our artists in the new year.” Added managing director Jason Najjoum in a statement, “With these grants and projects, our intention is to address the loss of expected income suffered by the community of theatremakers who have made Synetic a vibrant arts organization over the last 20 years.”

The socially distanced projects span film, theatre, movement, and outreach programs, including smARTies “art-in-a-box,” which will provide arts enrichment to underserved youth in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The relief grants are funded by Virginia’s Rebuild VA Grant Program and by Amazon, which is building a corporate headquarters in Arlington County.

Founded in 2001, Synetic Theater is a center for American physical theatre, combining drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and original music in their productions.

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