We are very pleased to announce that Jared Mezzocchi will join The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland as of August 23rd 2014 as a tenure-track faculty. Mezzocchi will be the Assistant Professor of Multimedia Design in the School.
Mezzocchi, a multimedia projections designer for theater and live performance was awarded the Princess Grace Theater Fellowship in 2012. He is the first projections designer to receive this prestigious honor. Other honors include “Best Original Playwright” for the New Hampshire Theater Awards for his adaptation and direction of The Lost World (2011), and DC Metro Dance Best Multimedia Design for Word Dance’s Once Wild (2013). Mezzocchi has designed and created work with 3-Legged Dog (NYC), HERE Arts Center (NYC), New Georges (NYC), and The Builders Association (NYC). Recent national and regional theater multi-media design include Milwaukee Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth (DC), Center Stage (Baltimore), UNC Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, and Theater J (DC). Mezzocchi has also designed with Caden Manson’s Big Art Group (SOS, The People and The Sleep) at the Vienna Festival, touring much of Europe, Canada and the USA. External to theater, Jared also designs commercially having created projections for Connect4Climate and Alcantara at Design Week in Milan, Italy, as well as designing projections for the atrium of the World Bank in Washington DC. As a New Hampshire native, he has spent the last 6 years directing original multimedia work at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NH.
Mezzocchi began working with The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies in 2012 when he was invited to be a Visiting Assistant Professor in projections design. During his engagement with the TDPS community he has actively brought new design skills and professional opportunities to the Theatre and Dance undergraduate and graduate students.
Currently, Mezzocchi is designing the media presentation for a new surf museum in Montauk, New York, and on May 9th gave a TEDX Talk called "The Technological Imagination: Stories in a Multimedia Landscape"