Jared Mezzocchi

Programs: 
Cluster: 
Dance/Theatre Design and Production
Academic Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
301-405-7492
Address: 
2741 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Jared Mezzocchi received his MFA in performance and interactive media arts at Brooklyn College. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC and has designed at theaters such as Manhattan Theatre Club, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Playmakers Theater, Here Arts Center NYC, 3-Legged Dog, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Milan Italy (Design Week), Cleveland Playhouse, Centerstage Baltimore, National Geographic, and National Gallery of Art. He toured across the U.S. and in Europe designing for Big Art Group, and has collaborated with the Builders Association and Rob Roth. Jared made his Off-Broadway debut at Manhattan Theatre Club with his projection design in Vietgone, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales. In 2012, he received the prestigious Princess Grace Award, the first projection designer to be honored with this national theater award. In 2017, he received the first Lucille Lortel Award for the category of Outstanding Projection Design (Vietgone, Manhattan Theater Club). In addition to the Lucille Lortel, Mezzocchi received a 2017 Obie Award and nominations for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award.

In Spring 2017, Mezzocchi was accepted as a fellow to the MacDowell Colony. 

Recently, Mezzocchi has increased his multimedia directing, having co-directed Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Roundhouse Theatre, receiving critical acclaim in the Washington Post as a "mesmerizing marriage of technology and story.” In 2018, Mezzocchi wrote and directed an adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book How to Catch a Star at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Play or Adaptation of a Play in the 2019 Helen Hayes Awards. 

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.

Education / Training:

M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College, 2009
B.A. in Theater and New Media: Film, Fairfield University, 2007

Professional Affiliations:

HARP Resident at HERE ARTS CENTER, New York City
Returning Writer/Director at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, NH
Group Member, Video Programs Designer with Big Art Group
Company member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Awards / Recognition:

2019 Nomination for Best Director, NH Theatre Awards
(Ripe Frenzy, Andy's Summer Playhouse, written by UMD's Jennifer Barclay)

2018 Nomination for Outstanding Original Play or Adaptation of a Play, Helen Hayes Awards
(How to Catch a Star, creator and director, Kennedy Center)

2018 Henry Hewes Award, winner

2017 Obie Award, winner

2017 Lucille Lortel, winner

2017 Drama Desk, nomination

2017 Outer Critics Circle Award, nomination
(projection design, Vietgone, Manhattan Theatre Club)

2017 MacDowell Colony Residency (playwright)

2015 Elliot Norton Award

2015 Irne Award
(projection design, Astroboy, Company One Boston)

2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, Theater Scholarship, First Projections Designer

2011 Best Original Playwright, NH State Theater Awards
(The Lost World, Andy's Summer Playhouse)

Representative Productions:

Poor Yella Rednecks, Manhattan Theatre Club (2020)

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Roundhouse Theatre (2019)

Vietgone, Manhattan Theatre Club (2016)

The Nether, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (2016)

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (2012)

While in NYC, Jared worked as an in-house Media Designer at 3-Legged Dog and for several years as the resident Video Designer at Santo’s Party House in Lower Manhattan where he produced live video and projection work for hundreds of bands and DJs such as Q Tip, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Of Montreal, The Noisettes, Washed Out, and Andrew W.K. Jared spent 2009-2012, consistently touring Europe with Big Art Group (SOS, THE SLEEP, CITYRAMA, THE PEOPLE).