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JARED MEZZOCCHI IS AN OBIE AWARD WINNING MULTIMEDIA ARTIST BASED OUT OF WASHINGTON DC. HE IS A RESIDENT ARTIST AT WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATER COMPANY IN WASHINGTON DC AND HAS DIRECTED AND DESIGNED AT THEATERS ACROSS THE U.S. INCLUDING MILWAUKEE REP, PORTLAND CENTERSTAGE, CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE, ARENA STAGE, SOUTH COAST REP, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, AND CENTERSTAGE BALTIMORE. IN NYC, HE HAS WORKED WITH BIG ART GROUP, THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, ROB ROTH, 3-LEGGED DOG, NEW GEORGES, AND HEREARTS CENTER. IN 2016, MEZZOCCHI DESIGNED PROJECTIONS FOR VIETGONE AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB, WRITTEN BY QUI NGUYEN AND DIRECTED BY MAY ADRALES, AND RECEIVED A LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD, AN OBIE AWARD, AND A HENRY HEWES AWARD FOR HIS WORK. AS A PLAYWRIGHT, MEZZOCCHI WAS A 2017 FELLOW TO THE MACDOWELL COLONY, AS WELL AS WROTE AND DIRECTED AN ADAPTATION OF OLIVER JEFFERS’ BOOK HOW TO CATCH A STAR AT THE JOHN F. KENNEDY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WHICH RECEIVED A HELEN HAYES NOMINATION FOR BEST NEW ADAPTATION IN 2018. BEYOND THE KENNEDY CENTER, MEZZOCCHI HAS DIRECTED NOTABLE WORKS AT ROUNDHOUSE THEATER, THE NATIONAL PLAYERS, AND IS CURRENTLY CO-DIRECTING AND MEDIA DESIGNING SARAH GANCHER’S RUSSIAN TROLL FARM INTO A HYBRID PRODUCTION THAT BLENDS THEATRE, CINEMA AND TELEVISION TECHNIQUE INTO A LIVE ONLINE PERFORMANCE. HE IS ALSO A RECIPIENT OF A 2012 PRINCESS GRACE AWARD FOR HIS WORK AT HEREARTS CENTER (YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE. BY CHRISTINE EVANS)

HE RECEIVED HIS BA IN THEATER AND NEW MEDIA: FILM AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY AND THEN WENT ON TO RECEIVE AN MFA IN PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA ARTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE. HE CURRENTLY IS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSION AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK, WHERE HE BUILT THE PROJECTION DESIGN CURRICULUM IN THE MFA DESIGN PROGRAM. THIS FALL, WHILE ON SABBATICAL FROM UMD, HE IS FINISHING HIS BOOK A MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER’S METHOD TO THEATRICAL STORYTELLING, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED THROUGH ROUTLEDGE IN SPRING 2021.

MEZZOCCHI GREW UP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, WHERE HE RETURNS TO EVERY SUMMER AS PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ANDY'S SUMMER PLAYHOUSE, AN INNOVATIVE CHILDREN’S THEATER PRODUCING ORIGINAL WORK BY PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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The Technological Theatre Experimenters
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The Technological Theatre Experimenters

18 February 2021

In envisioning of the future, Jared Mezzocchi begins by questioning: “What if theatre’s identity is not lost in the digital, but instead is enhanced in it?”

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Reverse-Engineering Zoom with Isadora
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Reverse-Engineering Zoom with Isadora

Site-Specific Performance for the Internet

4 January 2021

Barbara Fuchs chats with director and designer Jared Mezzocchi about his digital theatre production Russian Troll Farm, how to reverse-engineer Zoom, Isadora as the way forward, and more.