John DeMita

Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting

  • John DeMita

Biography

John DeMita is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. A 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 worked extensively in all aspects of the performing arts. As a theatre actor, on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, as well as the Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, Antaeus Theatre Company, Andak Theatre Company (Garland Award, Best Actor in a Musical for Liberty Inn), Victory Theatre and the Pacific Resident Theatre, of which he was a founding member (Dramalogue Award, Best Actor for Happy End). Selected film and television credits include four seasons as Marine Colonel Clifford Blakely on CBS’s JAG, series regular on Comedy Central’s The Clinic and in over 30 guest star and recurring roles.

Selected directing credits include USC Thornton School of Music: Postcard from Morocco (MFA, 2018), 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) and The Misanthrope (Backstage West Award); Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center: SubUrbia, Equus, Death of a Salesman, As You Like It and 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 director for Netflix, DeMita spent the summer of 2018 in Amsterdam, where he directed the original cast of the award-winning film The Resistance Banker. This past year, he has also worked with international actors on the Netflix projects My Happy Family (Georgia), The Mechanism (Brazil), and Elite (Spain), a project in which he cast USC SDA students in their first professional jobs.

As a voice actor, DeMita has performed in hundreds of animated features, cartoon and live action series, and video games. Selected voice acting credits include Star Trek Discovery, Amusement Park, Duck Duck Goose, Cars 3, Ninjago, Sing, 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 was also the English language voice of Hong Kong action star Jet Li in 13 feature films on DVD and in theatrical release, and created physical (via motion capture) and vocal performances in SEGA’s Binary Domain, and the animated feature film Resident Evil: Vendetta.

Education

BA, Yale University
MFA, American Conservatory Theatre

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