Jared Mezzocchi received his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. He is currently on faculty at University of Maryland, College Park, where he leads the projection design track in the MFA Design program. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC and has directed and/or designed at theaters across the U.S. and in Europe including designing for Big Art Group and their productions of The People (San Francisco CA), The Sleep (Berlin, Germany, and NYC), Cityrama (Torino, Italy), and SOS (NYC, Vienna Festival). He has worked for The Builders Association (Jet Lag), Rob Roth (Screen Test) and UTC #61 (Hiroshima: Crucible of Light, Velvet Oratorio, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), 3Legged Dog (Downtown Loop); Jared made his off-broadway debut at Manhattan Theater Club with his projection design in VIETGONE, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales. Regionally, Jared has also worked at Arena Stage, Studio Theater, Theater J, Centerstage Baltimore, Olney Theater, Everyman Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, South Coast Rep, and The Wilma. Outside of theater, Mezzocchi has designed multimedia work for Design Week Milan (2013, Alcantara and Connect4Climate Showroom), The World Bank Atrium (2013, 2016, Connect4Climate Events), and will be launching an innovative multimedia design for the lobby space at Centerstage, Baltimore, where a combined 15 projectors will be used to map design and marketing to all of the exterior walls of each theater and lobby space.
In 2010-2013, Mezzocchi was a HARP resident at HERE Arts Center in NYC. Through this residency, he received the prestigious Princess Grace Award in 2012, becoming the first projection designer to be honored with the national theater award. Between the years of 2009-2012, he also
taught courses as an adjunct at NYU Playwrights Horizons and Brooklyn College. In 2015, Mezzocchi was named Producing Artistic Director of Andy's Summer Playhouse, a summer theater for children in Wilton, NH, focusing on interdisciplinary new work for children between the ages of 8-18. He has been a regular artist at Andy’s since 2009, directing such original productions as Viewfinder, The Little Prince, The Lost World, The BFG, The Block and others. His production of The Lost World, written originally for Andy’s, won Best Original Play in the NHTA Awards and just received its DC premiere at University of Maryland in 2015. Mezzocchi has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, American Theater Magazine, and Lighting & Sound America Magazine. Mezzocchi also gave a TEDx Talk titled “The Technological Imagination”, where he presented his work and mission as a design of multimedia performance.
This past year, Mezzocchi was a top mention in the 2016 “Most Memorable Moments in Theater” for the New York Times regarding his projection design in Qui Nguyen’s VIETGONE at Manhattan Theater Company. In it, critic Alexis Soloski says, “Jared Mezzocchi’s comic book style projections injected a hefty dose of biff-bam-pow into the design of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” at Manhattan Theater Club, making even rudimentary scene-setting — like location and date — inexplicably thrilling.” In 2017, Mezzocchi received several prestigious awards including an Obie Award for Projection Design, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Projection Design, and was nominated as Macdowell Colony Fellow. Mezzocchi also received nominations in Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk for Outstanding Projection Design for VIETGONE.
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