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"We are curious to see where he takes theater next."

-New York Times 2020

The New York Times
April 2021

How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment

In March 2020, live venues closed, and the theater industry was shocked into numbness. But for the multimedia designer and director Jared Mezzocchi, the moment felt like a ringing alarm.
The New York Times
December 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing

Many theatermakers struggled to rethink their art form this year, but the multimedia designer Jared Mezzocchi was immediately at ease — and showed leadership — in the virtual world. 
The Washington Post
 November 2019

‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is up to some new and mesmerizing tricks

It’s a mesmerizing marriage of technology and story that echoes the play’s projection-heavy Broadway and West End productions while using Mezzocchi’s distinctive animation to outline a path of its own.
 
Music video: Perriott and Reverie
Music by DELUNE
Director and Multimedia Design by Jared Mezzocchi
Produced by National Sawdust
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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2017 OBIE AWARD
PROJECTION DESIGN, VIETGONE
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
2017 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD
PROJECTION DESIGN, VIETGONE
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
2018 HENRY HEWES AWARD
PROJECTION DESIGN, VIETGONE
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
2012 RECIPIENT OF THE PRINCESS GRACE AWARD
2017 DRAMA DESK NOMINATION
PROJECTION DESIGN, VIETGONE
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
2017 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATION
PROJECTION DESIGN, VIETGONE
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
2022 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE VINEYARD THEATER AND ENGARDE ARTS (WITH PLAYWRIGHT SARAH GANCHER)
2022 BETHANY ARTS COMMUNITY RESIDENCY
NEW COMMISSIONED WORK WITH SARAH GANCHER 
2021 VINEYARD THEATER 
MINI-COMMISSION ON THE BEAUTY OF LOSS 
2020 MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY
IN SUPPORT OF WRITING BOOK 'A MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER’S METHOD TO THEATRICAL STORYTELLING”
2017 MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY
MULTIMEDIA PLAYWRITING
2020 HELEN HAYES NOMINATION
BEST DIRECTOR, CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
(CO-DIRECTOR RYAN RILETTE)
ROUNDHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY
2019 HELEN HAYES NOMINATION
ORIGINAL ADAPTATION, HOW TO CATCH A STAR
THE KENNEDY CENTER
2015 HELEN HAYES NOMINATION
BEST LIGHTING/PROJECTION DESIGN, THE TOTALITARIANS
WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY
2013 DC METRO DANCE AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN MULTIMEDIA, ISADORA IN RUSSIA
WORD DANCE
2020 LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE
BEST CGI/VIDEO DESIGN, POOR YELLA REDNECKS
SOUTH COAST REP
2020 NH THEATRE AWARDS, NOMINATION
BEST DIRECTOR, RIPE FRENZY
ANDY’S SUMMER PLAYHOUSE
2015 ELLIOT NORTON AWARD
PROJECTION DESIGN, ASTROBOY
COMPANY ONE THEATER
2015 IRNE AWARD
BEST DESIGN, ASTROBOY
COMPANY ONE THEATER
2011 NH THEATER AWARD
BEST ORIGINAL PLAY, THE LOST WORLD
ANDY’S SUMMER PLAYHOUSE

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In 2022, The NH Chronicle profiled Andy's Summer Playhouse describing it as "a theater that inspires young people."  See the full profile here
Since 2015, Jared Mezzocchi has been the Producing Artistic Director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, N.H. Andy’s is an innovative children’s theater that brings in nationally-acclaimed professional artists to create original work alongside young artists between the ages of 8-18. Under Mezzocchi’s leadership, Andy's has won several NH Theater Awards, including Best Production (2018) and Best Playwriting (2019), and was recognized with New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu's 2020 Silver Lining Resiliency Award for groundbreaking digital work produced during the pandemic.

Most notably, Mezzocchi eliminated tuition in 2020 (which continues today) and has successfully pivoted the 53-year-old organization into a contributor-only revenue model, focused entirely on grants and donor relations. As a result, for three years in a row, Andy's has clocked the strongest annual revenue in the organization's history.
 
 

EDUCATOR

Jared Mezzocchi is an Associate Professor at The University of Maryland, College Park. He teaches in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies within the MFA Design program. Since joining the university in 2012, Mezzocchi developed and launched the curriculum in Projection and Media Design, a program he leads to this day.
In 2020, Mezzocchi co-wrote a successful $9 million dollar proposal for what became the school’s Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, a center for experimentation of interdisciplinary performance and technology.  
 
Mezzocchi is co-director of the Maya Brin Institute, alongside dance faculty member Kendra Portier. Read about it here.
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A University of Maryland news release described the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance as a way "to boldly reimagine the future of education in the performing arts."
 

DIRECTOR

MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER

 

CREATOR / PERFORMER

 
Someone Else’s House.
Live Performance over Zoom. Geffen Playhouse
Written and Performed by Jared Mezzocchi
 

The Technological Theatre

Experimenters

HowlRound Theatre Commons
February 2021
"Theatre’s best ability is being able to adapt swiftly to the world around it, energized by liveness and immediacy. "

All the Screen’s a Stage: A Transmedia Manifesto

American Theater Magazine
September 2021
"If liveness is the essence of theatre, the digital can maintain this identity by livestreaming. If gathering is the essence of theatre, the digital can maintain this identity through myriad softwares and forums"

The Technological

Imagination

TEDxPiscataquaRiver
May 2014
"It's about harnessing our use of technology to tell our story and share our gifts. And for me that's in a theater. For you, I don't know. But we all have to be aware that we are all technologists in this world"

ESSAYS