John DeMita

(USC / Gus Ruelas)

Head of BA in Visual and Performing Arts Studies
Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting

Biography

John DeMita is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. A cum laude graduate of Yale University (BA, Theatre Studies and English), DeMita was among the first students to receive an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Since then, he has performed on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Antaeus Theatre Company, Andak Theatre Company (Garland Award, Best Actor in a Musical for Liberty Inn), and the Pacific Resident Theatre, (Dramalogue Award, Best Actor for Happy End), among others. Film and television credits include four seasons as Marine Colonel Clifford Blakely on CBS’s JAG, series regular on Comedy Central’s The Clinic with Adam West and in over 30 guest star and recurring roles.

Directing credits include USC School of Dramatic Arts: Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (BA, 2017), The Country Wife (BA, 2016), The Way of the World (BA, 2015), Dark of the Moon (BFA, 2014) and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays (MFA, 2012); Andak Theatre Company (North Hollywood): The Elephant Man, Betrayal (Garland Award), The Misanthrope (Backstage West Award); Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center: SubUrbia, Equus, Death of a Salesman, As You Like It, Rumors; El Camino Center for the Performing Arts: Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Crucible, Picnic, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Hot l Baltimore, Mother Courage and her Children and Hay Fever.

As a voice actor, DeMita has performed in hundreds of animated features, cartoon and live action series, and video games. Selected credits include Cars 3, Star Trek: Discovery, The Lego Batman Movie, Friday the 13th: The Game, Final Fantasy XV, Happy Feet, Lilo and Stitch, The Simpsons Movie, Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Princess Mononoke, the anime series Dragon Ball Super, One Punch Man, Hunter X Hunter, Naruto, The Animatrix, and the Final Fantasy and Dynasty Warriors video game series. He has also created physical (via motion capture) and vocal performances for the robot Cain in SEGA’s Binary Domain video game, and the villain Glen Arias in the animated feature film Resident Evil: Vendetta.

Education

BA, Yale University
MFA, American Conservatory Theatre

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