Jennifer Haley

Jennifer's work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. Her play, The Nether, won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, premiered with Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, and won the Ovation Award for Best New Play. The Nether was produced Off-Broadway by MCC Theater and in London by Headlong Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, transferring with Sonia Friedman Productions to the West End at the Duke of York Theatre. The Nether has since been produced in 28 countries and translated into 19 languages, and is currently running at the Berliner Ensemble. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a horror story about suburbia and video games that premiered at the 2008 Humana Festival of New Plays, and Breadcrumbs, a fairy tale about a writer with dementia, also internationally-produced. Jennifer has developed work at the The Banff Centre, Sundance Theatre Lab, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, the Lark, and Page 73 Productions. For television, she has written on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and Mindhunter. She is an alum of New Dramatists in New York City, founder of The Playwrights Union in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Austin.

Media Designer

Jared Mezzocchi

Jared Mezzocchi is an two-time OBIE Award-winning theater artist whose work has appeared at notable theaters nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, the Geffen Playhouse, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth (company member), and many more. In 2016, he received the Lucille Lortel and Henry Hewes Award for his work in Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” at the Manhattan Theatre club. In 2020,, the New York Times spotlighted his multimedia innovations alongside the pandemic work of four other theater artists, including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paula Vogel. His work on Sarah Gancher’s “Russian Troll Farm” (co-director & multimedia designer) was also celebrated as a New York Times critic pick, and praised for being one of the first digitally native successes for virtual theater. In 2023, this digital production of Russian Troll Farm won Jared his second OBIE as director and multimedia designer (A citation that recognized the entire creative team). In 2021, Mezzocchi also co-directed “What If If Only,” a world premiere of a new Caryl Churchill play, alongside Tony Award nominated director Les Waters. Mezzocchi also created and performed two new works of digital theater during the pandemic: “On the Beauty of Loss” (Vineyard Theatre, NYC) and “Someone Else’s House” (Geffen Playhouse, LA). Mezzocchi is a two-time Macdowell Artist Fellow, a 2012 Princess Grace Award winner, and co-director of The Maya Brin Institute for New Performance. He is working on his first book, “A Multimedia Designer’s Method to Theatrical Storytelling,” which will be published through Routledge. He grew up in New Hampshire, and returns every summer to serve as Producing Artistic Director of Andy's Summer Playhouse, an innovative children’s theater producing original work by professional artists from across the country.