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Jared Mezzocchi with Keegan Michael Key at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony on May 7, 2017 in New York, NY

Jared Mezzocchi, assistant professor of theatre design and production, won 2017 Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his innovative projection design in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2016 production of “Vietgone.”

The play, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, was Mezzocchi’s off-broadway debut. Several reviews of the play specifically highlighted his projection designs.

In a New York Times review of 2016’s most memorable theatre, Alex Soloski wrote that “Jared Mezzocchi’s comic book-style projections injected a hefty dose of biff-bam-pow into the design of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” at Manhattan Theater Club, making even rudimentary scene-setting — like location and date — inexplicably thrilling.”

In 32 years of Lucille Lortel awards, this is the first year that projection design was recognized as a category.

Both the Obie and the Lucille Lortal Awards recognize outstanding achievement in off-broadway theatrical productions. The Obie awards were founded by the Village Voice and are now co-presented with the American Theatre Wing. The Lucille Lortel Awards are given by the Lucille Lortel Foundation, which supports off-broadway theatre.

Jared Mezzocchi specializes in multimedia direction and design. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and leads the projection design track in the M.F.A. design program in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. His recent and upcoming projects include video designs for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production of “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” Synetic Theater’s production of “A Trip to the Moon” and several productions for Big Art Group. Before joining the UMD faculty, Mezzocchi was 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. He earned an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College in 2009.

Photo: Jared Mezzocchi (right) with Keegan Michael Key at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony on May 7, 2017 in New York, NY (via the Lucile Lortle Awards).