JARED MEZZOCCHI will have directed at Andy's Summer Playhouse for 11 years this summer, and is happily within his FOURTH year as Producing Artistic Director. Between 2009 and 2018, he directed Donkey Xote and Dick Tracy, as well as wrote/adapted and directed The Lost World, The BFG, The Little Prince, The Block, The Kid of Billy The Kid, and Viewfinder. in 2017, he directed his first musical, Posted, written by Owen O'Reilly and composed by Duncan Pelletier, both of whom were dear friends of his as an Andy's kid back in the 1990's. that same summer, Jared was awarded residency for 4 weeks at The Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
Jared won a 2017 Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Henry Hewes Award for his projection design in Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC), and also was the first projections designer to receive the Princess Grace Award (2012). He was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk for his work on Vietgone. Additional New York credits include Downtown Loop (3LD) and You Are Dead. You Are Here (HERE Arts Center).
He is a company member at Woolly Mammoth (The Nether, Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Chad Deity). D.C. credits include I'll Get You Back Again (Roundhouse Theatre, directed by Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin), Smart People (Arena Stage), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Studio Theatre) and BELL (National Geographic).
Regional credits include Portland Centerstage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, and The Wilma. He has designed nationally and internationally for Big Art Group, The Builder’s Association, and Connect4Climate/Alcantara (Design Week, Milan IT).
Jared created and currently leads the Multimedia & Projection curriculum within the MFA Design program at The University of Maryland, College Park. Last fall, Jared created and directed How To Catch A Star, based on the work of children's author Oliver Jeffers, at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and is nominated for a HELEN HAYES AWARD FOR BEST PLAY ADAPTATION.